John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné, Volume Six: 2011-2019
Catalogue Raisonné, Volume Six: 2011-2019
The sixth and final volume of this exceptional catalogue raisonné project features over 360 works made by John Baldessari (1931-2020) between 2011 and 2019. Here, Baldessari continues his longstanding tradition of borrowing from artists as varied as David Hockney, Giotto, Gustave Courbet, Maria Lassnig, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Giorgio Morandi, and Jackson Pollock. Many of the works in this volume are a testament to the artist's fascination and engagement with art from previous eras. In one example, Baldessari's 2012 series "Double Bill" combines scenes from pairs of paintings, such as a Willem de Kooning face atop a Jean Dubuffet body, with the words, "…And Dubuffet" painted beneath: Baldessari is effectively collaborating with artists he has revered for years.
This volume also surveys Baldessari's complete film and video output, from 1968 to 2004, as well as the artist's books he made, from 1972 to 2019. Additionally, an appendix catalogues works, mostly pre-1974, that were unknown at the time Volume 1 was published.