Art Theory As Art: John Baldessari

“Language operates between literal and metaphorical signification. The power of a word lies in the very inadequacy of the context it is placed, in the unresolved or partially resolved tension of disparates. A word fixed or a statement isolated without any decorative or ‘cubist’ visual format, becomes a perception of similarity in dissimilars – in short a paradox.” — Robert Smithson, 1967

I will not make any more boring Art (1971), by John Baldessari

The Pencil Story 1972 – 1973
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

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One response to “Art Theory As Art: John Baldessari

  1. i think the best hook was, “irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely illogically.” i also support his slower cadence of speech, but then again i’m southern.

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