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  • John Baldessari

    Carré d'Art - Musée d'Art Contemporain
    Place de la Maison Carrée
    October 19–January 6

    Curated by Marie de Brugerolle

    John Baldessari’s oeuvre reflects the entire unfolding of West Coast postmodernism. First, he sets all of his canvases ablaze in order to reject painterly formalism and reclaim those modernist “others,” information technology, the image, and the word. Second, he develops an aesthetic language out of mass-media image fragments. Third, he comes full circle, rehabilitating formalism as such, but within a context of media studies and linguistics. It should be interesting, then, to see what the sixty-six paintings, photographs, and films on view might mean both for the French—who provided Baldessari’s work with a large part of its theoretical foundation—and for fellow artists, including Lawrence Weiner and Douglas Gordon, who contribute to the catalogue.