"I was getting tired of hearing the complaint, ‘My kid could do this,’ and ‘We don’t get it. What’s modern art? Blah, blah, blah.’ And I wondered what would really happen if you gave people what they wanted, something they always look at."
In a new previously unpublished interview with Art21, John Baldessari discusses language and communication, and how years of teaching—from preschool to college level—influenced his work in the studio.
IMAGE (TOP): John Baldessari at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2008. Production still from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 5 episode, Systems, 2009. © Art21, Inc. 2009.
IMAGE (BOTTOM): John Baldessari, Goya Series: STRANGE, 1997. Black and white photograph, Ink-jet print on canvas with hand lettering; 75 x 60 inches. Courtesy the artist. © John Baldessari.