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John Baldessari

b. 1931

John Baldessari, An Artist Is Not Merely the Slavish Announcer . . ., 1966–68  92.21
John Baldessari, I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art, 1971  2007.121
John Baldessari, Ashputtle, 1982  83.8a-m

November 20, 2008
Walter Annenberg Annual Lecture:
John Baldessari

John Baldessari. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke
John Baldessari. Photograph by Tiffany Oelfke

In honor of the late Walter H. Annenberg, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and former ambassador, the Whitney Museum of American Art established the Walter Annenberg Annual Lecture to advance this country’s understanding of its art and culture. In this fourth Annenberg Lecture, John Baldessari speaks about his work in conversation with Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s Alice Pratt Brown Director. For more than fifty years, Baldessari has masterfully juxtaposed painting, photography, sculpture, and other media to probe how meaning is created through images, objects, and text.

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