Biography of John Baldessari
John Baldessari (born 1931 in National City, US) is one of the most influential American artists living and working today. Employing a wide variety of mediums, Baldessari's conceptual artworks are predominantly characterized by their relation to the written word and, in particular, the way in which differing depictions of words and imagery can affect their interpretation.
Baldessari's uses appropriated text and images from popular culture to question the artist's role and the semantics of the art world, with the aim of understanding the true definition of art. As a conceptual artist he stands out for his work's use of humor and levity as well as his commitment to language. As an artist he breathes drama into the ordinary leading us down a path of multiple connotations.
In his multiple and editioned works—what he calls his "cheap line"— Baldessari often uses stock images, which he adapts by adding plains of color that highlight some planes and obfuscate select portions of the image, therefore forcibly shifting a viewers attention and perspective. With its ability to reach a broader audience, Baldessari forces us to rethink composition broadening the interpretive field of his oeuvre. His artwork has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions and in over 1000 group exhibitions in the US and Europe.