John Baldessari: “Brain/Cloud (With Seascape and Palm Tree)”, 2009, Inkjet on “Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm Paper. size: 74 x 58 cm, edition of 145, signed, dated, numbered. Price upon request.
About this Artwork
John Baldessari’s Brain/Cloud looks forward and backward at once, in a sculptural iteration of cloud imagery developed by the artist in the 1960s and 70s. An enormous, wall-mounted relief of a cerebral cortex, the work exemplifies Baldessari’s proposition that physical features, when seen in isolation or unembodied, become newly strange, abstract, and morph into other things. In the artist’s words, “a brain can look like a cloud if you manipulate it in the right way.” Baldessari considers Brain/Cloud a hybrid form: part sculpture and part painting. Brain/Cloud was produced for Baldessari’s traveling career retrospective. In the exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, it was installed adjacent to wall-sized photographs of palm trees and ocean vistas. Additionally, a time-delay, black-and-white video projecting viewers as they faced the brain just 30 seconds earlier.
About the Artist
John Baldessari, American, b. 1931, National City, California, based in Los Angeles, California. Baldessari rose to prominence in the late 1960s, combining Pop art’s use of mass media imagery with Conceptual art’s use of language to create a unique body of work that has become a hallmark of postmodern art. Early in his career, Baldessari began incorporating images and text utilized by the advertising and movie industries into his photo-based art. He appropriated pictures and movie stills, juxtaposing, editing and cropping them in conjunction with written texts. The resulting montage of photography and language often counters the narrative associations suggested by the isolated scenes and offers a greater plurality of meanings. The layered, often humorous compositions carry disparate connotations, underscoring how relative meaning can be. Throughout his long and celebrated career, Baldessari has continued to play with and critique popular culture, and over time he has increased the scale and visual impact of his work. He belongs to most famous artist of today.
More Artworks by John Baldessari
John Baldessari: ‘Give me a B, give me an A … & etc.’, 2009, 10-part leporello, digital pigment print (Ditone) on 188 g Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper, size 32 x 250 cm / 12½ x 98½ in. Edition of 75, signed and numbered. From the portfolio Forty Are Better Than One. Price upon request.
John Baldessari: ‘Eyebrow’, 2009, Digital print, laminated with lexan, mounted on shaped aluminum with acrylic paint. Size: 127 x 40.5 x 15 cm / 50 x 16 x 6 in. Edition of 25, with a signed and numbered certificate. Price upon request.
John Baldessari: ‘Hot T ube’, 2002, color lithograph, edition of 3700, signed by stamp of the artist, numbered: XXXX/ 3700, size: 24,5 x 34,3 cm. Price upon request.
John Baldessari:“ The Intersection Series: Person on Horse and Person falling from Horse”, 2002, color chromogen print on photo carton, edition of 50, signed, numbered, dated, size: 39,5 x 37 cm. Price upon request.
John Baldessari:“ Two Assemblages (with R, O, Y, G, B, V Transparent)” plus: “ Two Assemblages (with R, O, Y, G, B, V Opaque)”, 2003, series of 2 x lithographies and screenprints, signed, dated, numbered, edition of 50, size each 62 x 91 cm. Price upon request.