John Baldessari, God Nose, 1965, oil on canvas, 68 x 57".


John Baldessari

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Plaça dels Angels, 1
February 5–April 25, 2010

Tate Modern
October 13, 2009–January 10, 2010

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
June 20–September 12, 2010

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
October 17–January 9, 2010

Curated by Leslie Jones and Jessica Morgan

“Pure Beauty” seems a funny name for a retrospective of an artist who cremated all his paintings in 1970 and voided the photographed faces of dozens of Hollywood starlets with signature colored spots, but of course an unsettlingly ironic humor runs through Baldessari’s career. This expansive exhibition should connect the proverbial dots with more than 130 works from five decades of collage, video, installation, and—yes— painting. In Los Angeles the artist’s influence looms (conspicuously) large. Accompanied by a catalogue with essays from Bice Curiger, David Salle, and ten others, Baldessari’s first British retrospective should reveal how far his pioneering brand of California Conceptualism extends.