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John Baldessari «City Postcard Painting»
John Baldessari, «City Postcard Painting», 1971
Filmstill | © John Baldessari

 John Baldessari

* 1931 in National City, California
1954–55 University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1955–57 M.A., San Diego State College, California, and 1957–59 Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles. In 2000 Doctor of Fine Arts, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design of the New School of Social Research.
John Baldessari has been termed «one of the most influential artists to emerge since the mid-1960s.» From his phototext canvases to his composite photo collages and installations, Baldessari has contributed to the definition of postmodern art. In the early 1970s, he produced droll conceptual videotapes that are ironic investigations into perception, meaning and interpretation, rendered with deadpan, often absurdist humor.