Earlier this month, the Los Angeles-based artist John Baldessari quietly arrived in New York to get his license renewed. Assuming the reviews are decent for his latest exhibition here, which opened Oct. 19 at the spacious 57th Street gallery of his longtime dealer, Marian Goodman, Mr. Baldessari will, he said, get his “license as an artist” extended. Now 81, he has been going through the process annually (or pretty close to annually, with shows somewhere or another in the world) for many years, and by all appearances, he wears the effort lightly. Sitting in the gallery last week, decked out in the standard art world uniform of all black below his signature white chin-strap beard, surrounded by several of the 13 pieces in his new series “Double Play,” he described to The Observer what’s involved in the license renewal. “The whole test,” he said breezily in his SoCal drawl, “is: can I get away with this?”
Artist John Baldessari has told the Los Angeles Times that he is stepping down from the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In an interview with the paper he said that “to live with my conscience I just had to do it.”
art and tech
John Baldessari is the subject of a new short film by Todd Coles, one in a series of shorts presented by Nowness in which an artist is asked a question about technology. Standing outdoors as “all the private jets” carrying “captains of industry” land at the nearby Santa Monica Airport, Mr. Baldessari, in dark Read More
Armory Show 2012
One of the booths that caught our eye immediately at the ADAA Art Show was L&M’s–most notably because its walls are painted bright red.
Of course that wasn’t the only thing that drew us there. The gallery is showing works from the ’70s by John Baldessari including Portrait, Various Identities with Name/Date Cards and Untitled (Directional Piece).
Here’s a tidbit we missed from the latest Gagosian press release: Ann Temkin, the Museum of Modern Art’s chief curator of painting and sculpture, will pen a catalogue essay for Gagosian’s 11-gallery Damien Hirst spot painting show.