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John Baldessari’s art is cheerfully laconic. It strikes this special tone, broadcast as if on its own frequency, from its beginnings until the present day. Is there a method to it? And, if so, what does it consist of? The simpler answer points to an ever-surprising change in perspective that Baldessari offers his viewers. A slightly shifted view of art, the world, and its image…

But there is more: a daring intellectual feat in his approach, precisely because it includes acting stupid. Baldessari assumes a calculated risk that he will not be understood fully, but with the aim of deriving intellectual profit from that. Bice Curiger*

*Bice Curiger, “Doubly Detached, Doubly Immersed,” in John Baldessari: Pure Beauty (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2009).

John Baldessari was born in National City, California, in 1931 and died on January 2, 2020 at home in Venice Beach.

John Baldessari, from top: Goya Series: And, 1997, courtesy and © the Museum of Modern Art, New York, SCALA/Art Resource, New York; artist unknown [John Baldessari], late 1960s, reproduced in David Antin’s article “John Baldessari,” Studio International, July–August, 1970; Beach Scene/Nuns/Nurse (With Choices), 1991, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery; Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line {Best of Thirty-Six Attempts) (detail), 1973, courtesy and © the estate of the artist, Giampaolo Prearo Editore S.r.L.,Galleria Toselli, Milan, and the Research Library, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; The Overlap Series: Jogger (with Cosmic Event), 2000–2001; Wrong, 1966–1968, courtesy of Museum Associates, LACMA and Marian Goodman Gallery; Eight Soups: Corn Soup, 2012, (borrowed an image from Henri Matisse, Goldfish and Sculpture, 1912), courtesy of Gemini G.E.L.; Beethoven’s Trumpet , photograph by Andreu Dalmau; Three Red Paintings, 1988, photograph courtesy and © Douglas M. Parker; Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell, 1966–1968, courtesy of the Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica; Various Shadows, 1984, courtesy of Jim Tananbaum/Prospect Ventures. Images courtesy and © the estate of John Baldessari and Marian Goodman Gallery.


Join ART-RITE founding co-editor Walter Robinson, Pat Steir, Robin Winters, moderator Carlo McCormick, and host Jeffrey Deitch for a panel discussion and launch of the facsimile reprint of ART-RITE.

Collected in a 600-plus-page volume, this co-publication of Primary Information and Printed Matter contains all twenty issues of the newsprint magazine edited by Robinson, Edit DeAk, and Joshua Cohn—who would leave after issue 7—between 1973 and 1978.

(DeAk, Robinson, Sol LeWitt, and Lucy Lippard were among Printed Matter’s 1976 co-founders.)

Contributors to ART-RITE included Vito Acconci, Kathy Acker, Bas Jan Ader, Laurie Anderson, David Antin, John Baldessari, Jennifer Bartlett, Gregory Battcock, Lynda Benglis, Mel Bochner, Christian Boltanski, AA Bronson, Marcel Broodthaers, Trisha Brown, Chris Burden, Daniel Buren, Scott Burton, Ulises Carrión, Judy Chicago, Lucinda Childs, Christo, Diego Cortez, Hanne Darboven, Agnes Denes, Ralston Farina, Richard Foreman, Peggy Gale, Gilbert and George, John Giorno, Philip Glass, Leon Golub, Guerrilla Art Action Group, Julia Heyward, Nancy Holt, Ray Johnson, Joan Jonas, Richard Kern, Lee Krasner, Shigeko Kubota, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Babette Mangolte, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Gordon Matta-Clark, Rosemary Mayer, Annette Messager, Elizabeth Murray, Alice Neel, Brian O’Doherty, Genesis P-Orridge, Nam June Paik, Charlemagne Palestine, Judy Pfaff, Lil Picard, Yvonne Rainer, Dorothea Rockburne, Ed Ruscha, Robert Ryman, David Salle, Julian Schnabel, Carolee Schneemann, Richard Serra, Sylvia Sleigh, Jack Smith, Patti Smith, Robert Smithson, Holly Solomon, Naomi Spector, Nancy Spero, Pat Steir, Frank Stella, David Tremlett, Richard Tuttle, Alan Vega, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, Hannah Wilke, Robert Wilson, and Irene von Zahn.


Tuesday, December 10, at 7 pm.

Jeffrey Deitch

18 Wooster Street, New York City.

From top: Art-Rite (2); Edit DeAk, photograph by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; Walter Robinson, photograph by Greenfield-Sanders; Art-Rite facsimile reprint cover; Art-Rite cover by Christo; Art-Rite launch card. Images courtesy and © the photographer, Walter Robinson, Primary Information, and Printed Matter.


Join Blaise AntinEleanor AntinJulien BismuthSteve KadoAram MoshayediMarjorie PerloffJerome Rothenberg, and Hamza Walker this week as they commemorate David Antin and his legacy two days before Antin’s Sky Poems are restaged above Los Angeles and La Jolla.


Thursday, September 27, at 7:30 pm.

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.



Saturday, September 29, at 4 pm.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.



Saturday, September 29, at 10:30 am.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla.

(MCASD—La Jolla is closed for renovation, and the viewing takes place on the corner of Coast Boulevard and Cuvier Street.)

David Antin, Sky Poem, 1988, La Jolla. Image credit: Hammer Museum.



WHILE I WAS ALSO LISTENING TO NY & LA is a “dynamic and performative extension of the series of exhibitions and events Alors que j’écoutais moi aussi […], developed at La Criée Centre d’Art Contemporain, in Rennes, throughout 2017.

“The different components of this project are linked by a common thematic and conceptual concern: narrative. What is a narrative in art (i.e. as exemplified by the two extremes of a personal story and a general art history)? How is narrative used as a medium and form in the arts? How does narrative in turn generate different forms of interdisciplinarity and intermediality?…

“In March the series crosses the ocean and develops in Los Angeles and New York. David Antin—the American poet and performer who is the figurehead of this ambitious and polyphonic program—has history with both cities. It seemed meaningful to pay a tribute, starting in Los Angeles and ending in his hometown, to two cities that have been (and still are) a reference for artists and writers whose practice blurred the boundaries of poetry, performance, fiction and art.”*

Join Jennie Liu, David Horvitz, Lucky Dragons, Felicia Atkinson, LeRoy Stevens, Julien Bismuth, Krysten Cunningham, and Yann Sérandour for Parts One (at Human Resources) and Two (at CalArts, as part of REFRAMING THE HOUSE OF DUST) of the local iteration of the event.



PART ONE, Thursday, March 22nd, at 8 pm.

HUMAN RESOURCES LOS ANGELES, 410 Cottage Home Street, Chinatown, Los Angeles.

PART TWO, Friday, March 23, from 3 pm to 8 pm.

HOUSE OF GLASS, CALARTS, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia.



See: hyperallergic.com/david-antin-cultural-icon

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