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John Baldessari Art

American, 1931-2020

Although conceptual artist John Baldessari is best known for the richly provocative juxtapositions of photographic images and text that characterize his prints and paintings, he actually had something of a traditional art world upbringing — if such a thing exists.

Born in Southern California, Baldessari earned several art degrees, from art education to art history to painting. He also taught art at various institutions such as the California Institute of the Arts throughout his life. Among his many students were David Salle, Tony Oursler, Jim Shaw and Mike Kelley. While helping to shape the art world in Los Angeles, he simultaneously developed his own name as an artist.

In the 1950s, Baldessari’s works were primarily semiabstract paintings, but during the late 1960s, he began to distance himself from painting, as he bristled at the idea of limiting art to a single medium. Baldessari decided to take his career in a dramatically different direction. He burned all his paintings at a funeral home in San Diego, then incorporated the ashes into cookie dough, producing (nonedible) baked goods for an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

“It was a very public and symbolic act,” he said, “like announcing you’re going on a diet in order to stick to it.”

From that point on, Baldessari took on an MO of experimentation, dabbling in mediums from video to printmaking to sculpture. “I just stare at something and say: Why isn’t that art? Why couldn’t that be art?” he said in an interview in 2008.

The works for which Baldessari is most highly regarded, however, are striking collages of images and text — many of which are seemingly nonsensical — such as Tom’s Hand Grips the Steering, Wheel… (2015), in which the title’s text is displayed beneath a hippopotamus. As such is his body of work: bringing a sense of joviality to the sometimes too-serious world of conceptual art.

Before he died in 2020, Baldessari was honored with the 2014 National Medal of Arts Award, the Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement and more.

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Artist: John Baldessari
Supreme skateboard set of 3
By John Baldessari
Located in Washington , DC, DC
Supreme skateboard set of 3
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Board, Screen

John Baldessari, Two People Watch, One Person Fall, Framed
By John Baldessari
Located in Agoura Hills, CA
Although conceptual artist John Baldessari is best known for the richly provocative juxtapositions of photographic images and text that characterize his prints and paintings, he actu...
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2010s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Color

Person with Guitar (Green)
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint in colors on wove paper cut and mounted to Sintra In original artist’s frame Signed and dated in white ink on recto Ed of 45
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Early 2000s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Screen

Two Figures (One with Shadow), from Hegel's Cellar Portfolio
By John Baldessari
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: John Baldessari Two Figures (One with Shadow), from Hegel's Cellar Portfolio 1986 Photogravure and sugar-lift acquatint on torn Rives BFK deckle, printed almo...
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1980s Conceptual John Baldessari Art

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Photogravure

Two pillowcases
By John Baldessari
Located in 'S-GRAVENHAGE, ZH
Medium: Two standard pillowcases of 100% cotton sateen, 320 thread count, with silkscreened image. Made in San Francisco. Size: 20 x 26 inches with a 6 inches envelope pocket
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2010s John Baldessari Art

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Cotton, Screen

Throwing Three Balls -- Set of 12, Print, Lithograph by John Baldessari
By John Baldessari
Located in London, GB
Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts), 1973 John Baldessari Complete set of twelve offset lithographs in colours On coated stock paper...
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1970s Conceptual John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph

John Baldessari-Margo Leavin Gallery-38.5" x 26.25"-Poster-1990-Pop Art-Gray
By John Baldessari
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Poster for the John Baldessari exhibition which was held at the Margo Leavin Gallery from April - May 1990.
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20th Century John Baldessari Art

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Offset

John Baldessari, Belch (from Engraving with Sounds), 2015, Signed Print
By John Baldessari
Located in Hamburg, DE
John Baldessari (American, 1931-2020) Belch (from the Engraving with Sounds series), 2015 Medium: Archival inkjet print on paper Dimensions: 36.8 x 30.5 cm Edition of 25: Monogrammed...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Paper, Archival Ink

John Baldessari limited edition portfolio of prints
By John Baldessari
Located in San Rafael, CA
John Baldessari (American, b. 1931). Portfolio of 10 black & white screenprints with embossed color interventions on paper. Green portfolio, edition 467 out of 500. Publisher: Vision...
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2010s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Screen

John Baldessari - Man With Snake, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, Signed Print
By John Baldessari
Located in Hamburg, DE
John Baldessari (American, 1931-2020) Man with Snake (Blue and Yellow), 1990 Medium: Lithograph in colors, on wove paper Dimensions: 45.7 x 35.5 cm (18 x 14 in) Edition of 170: Hand ...
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20th Century Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph

John Baldessari, Sediment: Throat, Nose and Spider - Signed Print, Conceptual
By John Baldessari
Located in Hamburg, DE
John Baldessari (American, 1931-2020) Sediment: Throat, Nose and Spider, 2010 Medium: Archival digital print Dimensions: 41.3 × 38.1 cm (16 3/10 × 15 in) Edition of 120 + 20 AP: Hand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Archival Paper, Digital

Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads: Crooked Made Straight
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
9-color silkscreen print on plexiglass, 5 x 12” (12,5 x 31cm) Printed by Atelier für Siebdruck, Lorenz Boegli, Zurich Ed. 45/XX, signed and numbered certificate
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Early 2000s John Baldessari Art

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Screen

John Baldessari - Two Assemblages (with R, O, Y, G, B, V Opaque), Signed Print
By John Baldessari
Located in Hamburg, DE
John Baldessari (American, 1931-2020) Two Assemblages (with R, O, Y, G, B, V Opaque), 2003 Medium: Lithograph and screen print on vellum Dimensions: 61.6 x 91.5 cm Edition of 50: Han...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Throwing Three Balls -- Set of 12, Print, Lithograph by John Baldessari
By John Baldessari
Located in London, GB
Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts), 1973 John Baldessari Complete set of twelve offset lithographs in colours On coated stock paper...
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1970s Conceptual John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph

Two Figures: One Leaping (Orange); One Reacting (with Blue and Green)
By John Baldessari
Located in Miami, FL
Technical Information: John Baldessari Two Figures: One Leaping (Orange); One Reacting (with Blue and Green) 2005 Duotone photolithograph and lithograph with embossing and debossing...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph

John Baldessari, Two Bags and Envelope Holder - Conceptual Art, Signed Print
By John Baldessari
Located in Hamburg, DE
John Baldessari (American, born 1931) Two Bags and Envelope Holder, 2011 Medium: Archival inkjet print Dimensions: 61 x 45.8 cm Edition of 40: Hand signed and numbered Condition: Exc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art John Baldessari Art

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Inkjet

Four Hands and a Baseball Bat, 2015 Print by John Baldessari
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
This is a black and white archival inkjet print on Canson Infinity paper. Hand signed and numbered by the artist, John Baldessari. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Lincoln Cent...
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2010s Conceptual John Baldessari Art

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Archival Pigment

John Baldessari print 1991 (Baldessari Love and Work)
By John Baldessari
Located in NEW YORK, NY
John Baldessari Love and Work 1991: Baldessari’s Love & Work 1991, photogravure and color aquatint, features clasped hands clutching surrealistically amidst a black background. Clas...
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1990s Pop Art John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph, Screen, Aquatint, Photogravure

Fate: Blue [Woman with Man Gazing at Sphere] -- Offset Lithograph by Baldessari
By John Baldessari
Located in London, GB
Fate: Blue [Woman with Man Gazing at Sphere], 1995 John Baldessari Offset lithograph in colours, on card stock Signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 100 Printed by SoHo Ser...
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1990s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph, Offset

John Baldessari: Two Assemblages (with R, O, Y, G, B, V Transparent), Signed
By John Baldessari
Located in Hamburg, DE
John Baldessari (American, 1931-2020) Two Assemblages (with R, O, Y, G, B, V Transparent), 2003 Medium: Lithograph and screen print on vellum Dimensions: 61.6 x 91.5 cm Edition of 50...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph

Man, Dog (Blue), Canoe/Shark Fins (One Yellow), Capsized Boat
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
It is hard to characterize John Baldessari’s varied practice—which includes photomontage, artist’s books, prints, paintings, film, performance, and installation—except through his ap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual John Baldessari Art

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Etching

John Baldessari 'Panel #2' with Parrot, Signed, Limited Edition Print
By John Baldessari
Located in San Rafael, CA
John Baldessari (1931–2020) Panel #2 , 1997 From series Two Horses with Riders (with Blue Parrot) Lithograph in colors on Rives BFK paper Signed, dated and numbered to lower edge ‘8/...
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1990s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph

Double Motorcyclists and Landscape (Icelandic)
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this color lithograph on Somerset white wove paper. Signed, dated and numbered 2/90 in pencil by Baldessari. Printed by Derriere L'Etoile Studios, New York....
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Early 2000s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Color, Lithograph

Falling Star
By John Baldessari
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION John Baldessari Falling Star 1989-1990 Sugar-lift, spit-bite, aquatint in colors and photogravure, on torn Somerset Satin paper with full margins 64 1/2 x 2...
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1980s Conceptual John Baldessari Art

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Aquatint, Photogravure

Visionaire 64 Art Portfolio (Red)
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
The case converts into a horizontal or vertical display using the built-in foldout stand. The Red edition features James Franco, Miley Cyrus, Marina Abramovic, Ranveer Singh, Yuna Ki...
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2010s John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Visionaire 64 Art Portfolio (Blue)
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
The case converts into a horizontal or vertical display using the built-in foldout stand. The Blue edition features Lupita Nyong‚ Äôo, Ai Weiwei, Kate Upton, Dustin Hoffman, Psy, Kir...
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2010s John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph, Screen

John Baldessari-Double Bill (Part 2)...And Ernst-24.5" x 20.5"-Poster-2012-Pop
By John Baldessari
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Poster for the Baldessari exhibition titled "Double Bill (Part 2)" which was held at the Margo Leavin Gallery from May - June 2012.
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2010s John Baldessari Art

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Offset

Object with Flaw
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this scarce color lithograph. It is signed and numbered in pencil by Baldessari. Printed by Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles. Published by Cirrus Editions, Los ...
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1980s John Baldessari Art

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Color, Lithograph

Flowers of Life for Central America/Flores de Vida por Centro America (Hand Sign
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
John Baldessari Flowers of Life for Central America/Flores de Vida por Centro America (Hand Signed), 1984 Rare Offset Lithograph (Hand signed by Baldessari) 24 3/5 × 18 inches Boldly...
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1980s Pop Art John Baldessari Art

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Offset

Visionaire 64 Art Portfolio (Green)
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
The case converts into a horizontal or vertical display using the built-in foldout stand. The Green edition features Gisele Bundchen, Maurizio Cattelan, Drake, Julianne Moore, Scarle...
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2010s John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph, Screen

Double Play: Feelings -- Screen Print, Artists for Obama, Dog by John Baldessari
By John Baldessari
Located in London, GB
Double Play: Feelings, 2012 John Baldessari Screenprint in colours, on wove paper Signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 150 From Artists for Obama Printed and published b...
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2010s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Screen

Give me a B, give me an A … & etc. -- Digital Print, Text Art by John Baldessari
By John Baldessari
Located in London, GB
Give me a B, give me an A … & etc., 2009 John Baldessari 10-part leporello, digital pigment print (Ditone), on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper Signed and numbered from the edition of 75 ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Digital

The First $100,000 I Ever Made
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
It is hard to characterize John Baldessari’s varied practice—which includes photomontage, artist’s books, prints, paintings, film, performance, and installation—except through his ap...
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21st Century and Contemporary Conceptual John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph

Falling Star
By John Baldessari
Located in Santa Fe, NM
Falling Star is a 1989-1990 color aquatint and photogravure measuring 62 1/2 x 20 5/8 inches. Falling Star is an iconic example of Baldessari’s playful use of colorful circles to ec...
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1980s Conceptual John Baldessari Art

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Aquatint, Photogravure

Plant and Lamp (B+Y; Y+B)
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
In order to subvert common associations, Baldessari calls one’s attention to minute details, absurd juxtapositions, and obscured or fragmented portions of imagery.
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1990s Post-Modern John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph

Intersection Series - Person On Horse And Person Falling From Horse
By John Baldessari
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: John Baldessari Intersection Series - Person On Horse And Person Falling From Horse, (With Audience) 2002 Chromogenic print on archival paper 15 1/2 x 14 1/2...
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Early 2000s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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C Print

Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads / Figure with Globe -- Print by Baldessari
By John Baldessari
Located in London, GB
Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads / Figure with Globe, 2009 John Baldessari Screenprint in colours, on Fabriano paper Signed, dated, and numbered from the edition of 70 Printed a...
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Early 2000s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Screen

Snigger
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
John Baldessari pays tribute to the old master Albrecht Dürer by repurposing his famous woodcut "Rhinoceros". When the rhino's magnificent head is tilted up, the expression becomes...
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2010s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Archival Pigment

Brutus Killed Caesar.
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
BALDESSARI, John. Brutus Killed Caesar. [4] pp. Illustrated with 33 photographic tryptichs. Oblong 8vo., 100 x 275 mm, bound in publisher's spiral-bound wrappers. Preserved in t...
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1970s John Baldessari Art

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Paper

Hero
By John Baldessari
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: John Baldessari Hero 2017 Screenprint in colors on archival pigment print 30 x 22 in. Edition of 56/65 Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Archival Pigment, Screen

Six Rooms
By John Baldessari
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION John Baldessari Six Rooms 1993 Suite of 6 color offset lithographs with varnish and handwritten text 21 x 17 1/4 in. each Edition of 150 Pencil signed and numb...
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1990s Conceptual John Baldessari Art

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Varnish, Lithograph, Offset

Two Bowlers (with Questioning Person)
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
13 color lithograph/screenprint, 2 panels, each Edition of 43
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1990s John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph

Pea Soup
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
Ed of 50 Multi color screenprint
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2010s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Screen

AND ONE SARDINE
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
10 color silkscreen 31 x 28 inches Edition of 50
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2010s John Baldessari Art

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Color

BOSS
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
10 color silkscreen 31 x 28 inches Edition of 50
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2010s John Baldessari Art

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Color

Millennium Piece (With Blue Apple)
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
Iris print (Edition of 100) Signed and numbered, recto\ This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City. It is hard to characterize John Baldessari's varied practice—...
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1990s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Color

Double Bill (Part 2) and Sander
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
Edition of 34
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2010s John Baldessari Art

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Lithograph

Hegel's Cellar Portfolio
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
It is hard to characterize John Baldessari’s varied practice—which includes photomontage, artist’s books, prints, paintings, film, performance, and installation—except through his ap...
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1980s Conceptual John Baldessari Art

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Etching

BEST MEN
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
10 color silkscreen 31 x 28 inches Edition of 50
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2010s John Baldessari Art

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Color

Helmsmen (With Various Fires)
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
It is hard to characterize John Baldessari’s varied practice—which includes photomontage, artist’s books, prints, paintings, film, performance, and installation—except through his ap...
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20th Century Conceptual John Baldessari Art

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Photogravure

Cavalry from Hegel's Cellar portfolio
By John Baldessari
Located in Morton Grove, IL
Etching with aquatint on Rives B.F.K paper 29 3/4 × 22 in 75.6 × 55.9 cm Edition of 35 Impeccably framed! (frame value is $800) Provenance- The Nevica Project
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1980s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Etching

Kiss, Hair, Hands (from Hegel's Cellar)
By John Baldessari
Located in Morton Grove, IL
Sugar-lift aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, photogravure and drypoint with embossing on Rives BFK paper Image: 28.5 x 19.5 in. (72.39 x 49.53 cm.) Sheet: 29 x 20 in. (73.66 x 50.8 cm.) ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Aquatint

Leg, Straw, Diver, from Hegel's Cellar portfolio
By John Baldessari
Located in Morton Grove, IL
Etching with aquatint on Rives B.F.K. paper Work: 26.25 x 19.5 in (66.68 x 49.53 cm) Edition of 35 Signed Provenance- The Nevica Project impeccably framed (frame value $800)
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1980s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Photogravure

National City (4)
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
Edition of 12 Color photographs with acrylic paint
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1990s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

National City (6)
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
Edition of 12 Color photographs with acrylic paint
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1990s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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C Print

National City 5
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
1 from a series of 8 color photographs with acrylic paint
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20th Century Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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C Print

National City 1
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
1 from a series of 8 color photographs with acrylic paint
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20th Century Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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Mixed Media

National City (W)
By John Baldessari
Located in New York, NY
Edition 10/12 Color photographs with acrylic paint
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1990s Contemporary John Baldessari Art

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C Print

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