A Brief History of John Baldessari (by gosupermarche)
Narrated by Tom Waits - everything you ever wanted to know about John Baldessari, including his wi-fi password.
“I always had this idea that doing art was just a masturbatory activity, and didn’t really help anybody. I was teaching kids in the California Youth Authority, an honor camp where they send kids instead of sending them to prison. One kid came to me one day and asked if I would open up the arts and crafts building at night so they could work. I said, “If all of you guys will cool it in the classes, then I’ll baby-sit you.” Worked like a charm. Here were these kids that had no values I could embrace, that cared about art more than I. So, I said, “Well, I guess art has some function in society,” and I haven’t gotten beyond that yet, but it was enough to convince me that art did some good somehow. I just needed a reason that wasn’t all about myself.”
Daily Pic: A billboard piece titled “The First $100,000 I Ever Made”. It’s a new work by John Baldessari that will live beside the High Line park in New York for the rest of this month. Baldessari doesn’t spell out what it means, but gives some facts about its subject: For three weeks during the Great Depression, the government circulated these high-denomination bills among the country’s Federal Reserve Banks.
Is someone’s “first $100,000” a little money, or a lot? Is this like when a greasy spoon sticks up the first dollar bill that comes in? Is it a glancing comment on the sorry state of the world’s economy – or on the inflated state of the art market? Baldessari has hoisted a giant piece of currency high above the world’s largest concentration of art dealers, who have their galleries to either side of the High Line, so it seems likely that he’s saying something about them.
Oh my god you guys this billboard/art piece is RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR OFFICES. We’re big fans.
John Baldessari on The High Line! I love this.
Yup, looks like it — Throwing Three Balls In The Air To Get A Straight Line (Best of Thirty Six Attempts)
I’m a museum whore. I’m also a thank you note writing machine. As such, I can’t exit through the gift shop without picking up a fresh pack of whatever box of note cards catches my eye. There’s always something more interesting than the cutesy shit lining the shelves at Papyrus.
I spy a Baldessari, Lichtenstein, and Warhol. Not sure who did the Flag piece though….