Born: National City, California, 17 June 1931.
1949-53 B.A., San Diego State College, California.
1954-55 University of California at Berkeley.
1955 University of California at Los Angeles.
1955-57 M.A., San Diego State College, California.
1957-59 Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles.
Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles.
Lives and works in Santa Monica, California.
1997 Governor?s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts, CA
1996 Oscar Kokoschka Prize, Austria.
1998 ?John Baldessari, The Goya Series?, Sonnabend Gallery, New York, N.Y. "Baldessari, 4 RMS W VU: WALLPAPER, LAMPS AND PLANTS. NEW?
Witte de With, Rotterdam, Holland. January 24- March 22.
?Baldessari, 4 RMS W VU: WALLPAPER, LAMPS, AND PLANTS. NEW?
Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland. January 31-
?John Baldessari?, Mai 36 Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. January 31-
1997 "John Baldessari", Marian Goodman, Paris, France, April 4 - May 31.
"John Baldessari 1990-1996", Galerie Laage-Salomon, Paris, France, "John Baldessari", Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, California. "John Baldessari", Theoretical Events, Napoli, Italy. June 5- July 31.
"John Baldessari National City Paintings from 1967 and 1996" Galerie Philomene Magers, Köln, Germany. May 23- July 31.
1996 ?John Baldessari? Hochschule fur Angewandte Kunst in Wien, Vienna, Austria. March 5-April 27.
?John Baldessari? Jurgen Becker, Hamburg, Germany.
"John Baldessari: National City," San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art
"John Baldessari". Centro de Arte Moderna Jose de Azeredo Perdigao, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal.
1995 "John Baldessari" Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
"John Baldessari: A Retrospective," 6 venues in England and Europe.
1994 "Artist's Choice: John Baldessari, e.g. Grass, Water Heater, Mouths, & etc. (for John Graham)," The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
1990 "John Baldessari," The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA. Traveling to 4 venues in the US and Canada..
1989 "John Baldessari: Ni por esas" ("Not Even So"),Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Traveling to Bordeaux and Valencia
1986 "John Baldessari: MATRIX BERKELEY 94," University Art Museum
"John Baldessari," Le Consortium, Centre d'art Contemporain, Dijon, France
1981 "John Baldessari: Work 1966-1980," Exhibition organized byMarcia Tucker, The New Museum, New York.
1997 "La Biennale di Venezia: 47th International Art Exhibition"
Venice, Italy. June 15- November 9. Catalogue. Texts by Germano Celant and Antonella Soldaini. Exhibition curator: Germano Celant.
"Scene of the Crime" UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum,
Los Angeles, Ca.July 21 - October 5. Catalogue.
"Sunshine & Noir. Art in L.A. 1960-1997" Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. Summer 1997. Traveling to several European venues and ending in LA.
?The Pleasure of Reading? John Gibson Gallery. New York.
1996 "Painting into Photography: Photography into Painting" The Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida.
"Hall of Mirrors: Art and Film since 1945"MOCA Los Angeles, California.
Curated by Kerry Brougher. Catalogue.
"Think Print, Books to Billboards, 1980-95" The Museum of Modern Art, New York
"Comme un oiseau" Foundation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France."Prospect 96" Frankfurt, Germany.
"Wheel of Fortune Artists Interpret the Tarot," Curated by Any Lipton, Lombard/Freid Fine Arts, New York,
"John Baldessari, Vito Acconci, Lees Levine, and Lawrence Weiner" Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich.
"1965-1975: Reconsidering the Object of Art," MOCA, Los Angeles, CA."Chain Reaction: An Abbreviated Survey of Idea-Based Art," Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA"25 Years:An Exhibition of Selected Works, " Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles.
"Ideal Standard Summertime", Lisson Gallery, London, England.
"Untitled (Reading Room)", Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Reflected Image: A selection of Contemporary Photography from the LAC Collection, Switzerland" Centro perl'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato,Italy.
"Go Figure", Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
"John Baldessari and Bernd and Hilla Becher". Kamakura Gallery Tokyo, Japan.
1994 "In the Field: Landscape in Recent Photography", Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
1993"Construction Quotation: Collective images in Photography", Sprengel Museum, Hannover,Germany.
1992 "More than One Photographer: Works since 1980 from the Collection" Museum of Modern Art, New York.
1991 "Devil on the Stairs; Looking Back at the Eighties", Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Curated by Robert Storr.
"Motion and Document: Sequence and Time: Edward Muybridge and Contemporary American Photography", National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; Addison Gallery of American Art, Philips Academy, Andover, MA.; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA.; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford,Ct.; International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House and Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, N.Y.
1990"Art in Europe and America: The 1960s and 1970s," Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
1989-90 "John Baldessari, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Tishan Hsu, Holt Quentel," Busche Galerie, Koln, Germany.
1987"Los Angeles Today: Contemporary Visions," Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany.; The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.
1986-88 "Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art 1945-1986," The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA.
1985-86 "Carnegie International: Contemporary Art- Europe and America in Pittsburgh," Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute Pittsburgh, PA.
1983 "Whitney Biennial Exhibition," (also included in Whitney Biennial in 1979, 1977, 1972, and 1969) Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
1982 "Documenta 7," Kassel, W.Germay.
"Photography Used in Contemporary Art, In and Around the 70's" National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
1978 "Art About Art," Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.
1972 "Documenta 5," Kassel, Germany.
Catalogues (one person)
1998 Museum Fur Gegenwartskunst Zurich. Baldessari- RMS W VU: WALLPAPER, LAMPS, AND PLANTS. (NEW) . Museum fur Gegenwartskunst Zurich. Switzerland.
1996 Davies,Hugh & Hales,Andrea . John Baldessari: National City, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California.
Prinzhorn, Martin.John Baldessari, Hochschule für angewandte
Kunst in Wien,Germany.
Pyo,John Baldessari, Pyo Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
1995 Snoddy, Stephen.This Not That, Cornerhouse, Manchester, England.
1994 Varnedoe, Kirk, and John Baldessari .Artist's Choice: John Baldessari, e.g.. Grass, Water, Heater, Mouths, & etc. (for John Graham). The Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.
1990 van Bruggen, Coosje. John Baldessari, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Rizzoli, New York.
1989 Ni Por Esas/ Not Even So: John Baldessari, published by CAPC Musee d'art contemporain de Bordeaux for exhibition.
1981 John Baldessari, essays by Marcia Tucker & Robert Pincus-Witten, and an interview by Nancy Drew, pub. by The New Museum, New York
John Baldessari, introduction and interview by Rudi Fuchs, pub. by Municipal Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Museum Folkwang, Essen, edited by Jan Debbaut.
Writings and Books by the Artist
1989 Lamb. Collaboration with Meg Cranston. Valencia, Spain: IVAM Centre Julio Gonzlez.
1988 The Telephone Book (With Pearls). Gent, Belgium: Imschoot, Uitgevers for IC,
The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy. Thirty-nine photo-collage illustrations for the novel by Laurence Sterne; produced at San Francisco as three volumes, in an edition of 400 sets, of which fifty are issues with a suite of five lithographs by the artist. Produced by Arion Press.
1981 Close--Cropped Tales. Buffalo: CEPA Gallery; and Buffalo: AlbrightKnox Art Gallery.
Articles and Reviews
1998 Schjeldahl, Peter. ?Wonerful Cynicism: John Baldessari? Villiage Voice. Feb 4. issue.
1997 McKenna, Kristine. "Turning Gray to Black and White", Los Angeles Times, April 20, 1997
"Kunstmatkt" Frankfurter Allemeine Zeitung. Germany.July 19:Nr. 165/ Seite 35. "Tips und Termine" Kolner Stadt Hunzeiger . (Germany) July 4
Knight, Christopher. "An Enlightened Twist on Tradition", Los Angeles Times. April 30: F1 & F5 with photo.
Princenthal, Nancy."John Baldessari", On Paper The journal of Prints, Drawings, and Photography, May-June 1997, p.38.
Lindgard, Jade. "John Baldessari", Les Inrockuptibles (Paris), 30 April- 6 May: 19 and insert.
"John Baldessari le Manipulateur" Le Monde (Paris), April 15:22.
Hüllenkremer, Marie. "Die Vergangenheit muß man zerstören" Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (Germany), June 10.
1996 Meyer, James, "Reconsidering the Object of Art," Artforum, February, p.78,79,109.
Greene, Davis A., "1965-1975: Reconsidering the Object of Art," Frieze, January/February,p.62.
Kornblau, Gary. "1965-1975: Reconsidering the Object of Art," Art Issues, January/ February, p.36-37.
Albertini, Rosanna. "John Baldessari: I Colori Della Discordanza," Flash Art, Italia, December 1995/ January 1996, p. 57-60.
1995 Relyea, Lane. "John Baldessari: Margo Leavin Gallery," Artforum, October, 1995, p.107.
"Buzz Bets: Art," Buzz Magazine, May 1995, p. 25.
Knight, Christopher. "A Mysterious Place Between Paintings and Photographs", Los Angeles Times, May 10, p.F1.
1994 Kimmelman, Michael. "For Baldessari, de Chirico is Just One of the Guys", New York Times, April 10.
1993 Smith, Roberta. "John Baldessari:Working Materials", The New York Times, Sept. 17, p.C18.
1991 "Collaboration John Baldessari / Cindy Sherman," Parkett, # 29, September, pp. 28-73, illus.; articles by Howard Singerman, Thomas Lawson, Patrick Frey, James Lewis, Dave Hickey, Susan A. Davis.
Woodward, B. Richard. "Just Who Begat Whom?", World Monitor, July, pp.58-60.
Films by the Artist
Isocephaly, 1968 Super8, color 3 minutes
What To Leave Out, 1968 Super8, color 3 minutes
Cremation, 1970 16mm, blackandwhite 10 minutes
New York City Art History, 1971 Super8, color 3 minutes
New York City Postcard Painting, 1971 Super8, color 3 minutes
Waterline, 1971 Super8, blackandwhite 3 minutes
Dance, 1971 Super8, color 3 minutes
Minimalism, 1971 Super8, blackandwhite 3 minutes
Tabula Rasa, 1971 Super8, blackandwhite 3 minutes
BlackOut, 1971 Super8, blackandwhite 3 minutes
Easel Painting, 197273 Super8 film loop (originally in 16mm), color 34 seconds
TimeTemperature, 197273 Super8 film loop (originally in 16mm), color 4 minutes, 56 seconds
Water to Wine to Water, 197273 Super8 film loop (originally in 16mm), color 36 seconds
The Hollywood Film, 197273 Super8 film loop (originally in 16mm), color 66 seconds
Title, 1973 16mm, blackandwhite and color, sound 25 minutes
Throwing Leaves Back at Tree, 1973 Super8 film loop, color 3 minutes
Ice Cubes Sliding, 1974 Super8 film loop, color 3 minutes
Taking a Slate: Ilene and David (#1), 1974 Super8 film loop (originally 16mm), blackandwhite 20 seconds
Taking a Slate: Ilene and David (#2), 1974 Super8 film loop (originally 16mm), color 3 minutes
Taking a Slate: David, 1974 Super8 film loop (originally 16mm), blackandwhite 48 seconds
Ted's Christmas Card, 1974 Super8 film loop, color 3 minutes
Script, 1973 77 16mm, blackandwhite and color, sound 25 minutes
Six Colorful Inside Jobs, 1977 16mm, color 30 minutes
Videotapes by the Artist
Folding Hat: Version 1, 1970 Blackandwhite, sound 30 minutes
Folding Hat, 1970 Blackandwhite, sound 30 minutes
Black Painting, 1970 Blackandwhite 15 minutes
Black Curtain, 1970 Blackandwhite, sound 15 minutes
Life Drawing, 1970 Blackandwhite 30 minutes
I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art, 1971 Blackandwhite 30 minutes
Walking ForwardRunning Past, 1971 Color 20 minutes
I Am Making Art, 1971 Blackandwhite, sound 19 minutes
Art Disasters, 1971 Blackandwhite 30 minutes
Police Drawing, 1971 Blackandwhite, sound 30 minutes
Xylophone, 1972 Blackandwhite, sound 5 minutes
Baldessari Sings LeWitt, 1972 Blackandwhite, sound 19 minutes
Inventory, 1972 Blackandwhite, sound 24 minutes
Teaching a Plant the Alphabet, 1972 Blackandwhite, sound 19 minutes
Ed Henderson Reconstructs Movie Scenarios, 1973 Blackandwhite, sound 25 minutes
How We Do Art Now, 1973, Blackandwhite, sound, 30 minutes overall
Segments: How Various People Spit Out Beans
Comparing Two Sounds
A 20" Tape
The Eye Does Not Naturally Pan
On Making a Masterpiece
Haste Makes Waste, 1973 Blackandwhite, video loop 2 minutes
Practice Makes Perfect, 1973 Blackandwhite, video loop 2 mintues
The Way We Do Art Now and Other Sacred Tales [The Birth of Art and Other Sacred Tales], 1973, Blackandwhite, sound, 30 minutes overall
Segments: Some Words I Mispronounce
You Tell Me What I Do
Anna Names Animals She Has Never Seen
Taping a Stick; Lifting It from the Other End
Talking With One Knee to Another
Examining Three 8d Nails
What Follows Is What He Liked to Do Best
For Sylvia Plath
Insincerely Promising a Cat a Carrot
A Sentence with Hidden Meaning
For Marcel Proust
Flight Bag (This is a kind of interesting object...)
It is Cruel to Put a Dog on a Mirror
The Way We Do Art Now (The Birth of Abstract Art)
The Sound Made by Kicking a Bottle, 1973 Blackandwhite, sound 3 minutes
Ed Henderson Suggests Soundtracks for Photographs, 1974 Blackandwhite, sound 28 minutes
The Italian Tape, 1974 Blackandwhite, sound 8 minutes
Six Colorful Tales: From the Emotional Spectrum (Women), 1977 Color, sound 17 minutes
Two Colorful Melodies, 1977 Color, sound 6 minutes
1994 The Museum of Modern Art, New York, "Artist's Choice: John Baldessari",
1993 The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, "Not Painting: Some Views from the Permanent Collection", Oct 10 - Jan 9