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John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonne : Volume Two: 1975-1986, Hardback Book

John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonne : Volume Two: 1975-1986 Hardback

Edited by Patrick Pardo, Robert Dean


The second in a projected four-volume series of the complete catalogue of works by John Baldessari Compiling four-hundred-plus unique works of art, this volume traces the shifts and developments in conceptual artist John Baldessari's work from 1975-86.

It covers his photo-based works such as the "Strobe," "Word Chain," and "Pathetic Fallacy" series from 1975; the "Violent Space" and the seminal "Concerning Diachronic/Synchronic Time: Above, On, Under (With Mermaid)," from 1976; and the "Blasted Allegories" series from 1977-78, which drew heavily from the artist's vast collection of photo stills taken from commercial television. In the 1980s, Baldessari's art took a different direction, beginning with the expansive "Fugitive Essays" triptychs from 1980 and leading to 1982's photographic interpretations of Grimm's Fairy Tales.

Building on these themes, Baldessari began producing a body of work that was inspired in part by dreams, psychology, film, and popular culture.

Ensuing works were more formal, elaborate, and large-scale.

From 1984 to 1986 Baldessari created a number of works that employed his soon-to-be-signature colored discs painted over people's faces in the photos. An introductory essay will provide a close reading of selected works and a historical context for understanding Baldessari's art from this period.

A detailed chronology and exhibition history and bibliography are also included.

This is the second of a projected four-volume catalogue raisonne.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 496 pages, 500 color + 20 b-w illus.
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Art & design styles: Conceptual art
  • ISBN: 9780300198102



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