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John Baldessari

A Remembrance of John Baldessari by Otis College Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston 

John BaldessariOtis College of Art and Design mourns the death of our fellow artist and dear friend, John Baldessari, who died January 2, 2020 at his home in Venice, CA. He was 88. 

Widewalls: Learning to Read with John Baldessari

For half a decade, John Baldessari ('58) combined image and language in a varied practice that included photo collages, sculptures, and videos, at the same time investigating how art itself is made and understood.

Known for his approach of good-humored irreverence, he punctuated his work with visual puns, wordplay, instructions and quotations, touching upon deeper truths regarding how we communicate through culture, and how art might reinvent itself.

L.A. in Oslo: Exhibition Explores the Fantasy of L.A.

Meg Cranston, Los Angeles-based artist and chair of Fine Arts, along with several Otis alumni, will show work in the upcoming ‘Los Angeles - A Fiction’ opening September 22 at the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, Norway.

Alumnus John Baldessari Receives National Medal of Arts

John Baldessari is to receive a National Medal of Arts

By David Ng
 
John Baldessari, the celebrated Los Angeles visual artist, will be among the 11 recipients of the 2014 National Medal of Arts that President Obama will present in a White House ceremony later this month, organizers announced on Thursday. 
 

Alumni Mario Ybarra Jr. and John Baldessari in The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project

Two Otis alumni are participating in The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, LAND’s (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) cross-country exhibition of 100 artist-produced billboards and activations, which unfolded along on Interstate 10 in 10 consecutive artist chapters beginning in October 2013.
 

Alumnus John Baldessari Honored at MOCA Gala

Ed Ruscha, China Chow, and Janelle Monae Party Up a Storm at MOCA Gala 2015 Honoring John Baldessari

By Janelle Zara
 
“The end of boring art, the pelicans in the desert… Carrots. And parrots. Green peas… The art historian Clement Greenberg. All the drugs driving from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. God. God's nose."