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Profile: John Baldessari
Affiliated Movements: Contemporary Art. Minimalism, Earth Art

Affiliated Artists:
James Rosenquist
Roy Lichtenstein
Andy Warhol

* The placement of other artists in the same category is purely for didactic purposes - any number alternate criteria could result in a different choice. This list is chosen by suggesting other artists, mostly working at the same point in time and whose work might evoke similar questions in the viewer.

John Baldessari, Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell, 1966-68.

John Baldessari,
What Is Painting?, 1966-68.

John Baldessari,
Quality material..., 1967 - 1968.


John Baldessari - i will not make any more boring art

John Baldessari
I will not make any more boring art

Baldessari continued to put an ironic twist on his text based works, as indicated in his 'I will not make any more boring art' of 1971. Comissioned by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada to produce an original, site-specific work, he was ultimately unable to execute the piece in person. He suggested that the college students write, by their own will, the phrase "I will not make any more boring art" on the walls of the exhibition space.  As a response, Baldessari recorded himself writing the phrase repeatedly in a notebook for the duration of a videotape.


John Baldessari, Stonehenge (With Two Persons) Blue, 2005.

John Baldessari, Stonehenge (With Two Persons) Orange, 2005.

Other Media

John Baldessari, Baldessari Sings LeWitt (excerpt), 1972.



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