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Looking Back: Text Paintings by John Baldessari

Juxtapoz // Sunday, 20 Nov 2011

These text paintings from famous California artist John Baldessari date back to the 1960s. Each painting packs a witty message about the state of contemporary painting and the dilemmas, standards, and requirements the art world places upon the traditional art form. Baldessari sarcastically explains what sells, what makes a good painting, what a painting is supposed to do, and what painting is all in beautiful hand painted, sans-serif type.

It's always good to look back in order to look forward, and here we glance back at one of our favorites, Mr. Baldessari.



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