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John Baldessari

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

When, in 1971, John Baldessari made a video titled I will not make any more boring art, he wasn’t kidding. Sure, he was delivering a cheeky one-off that poked fun at Conceptual strategies even while deploying them, but he was also making a promise to himself and his audience to keep things interesting. A case in point some three decades later: the artist’s recent exhibition of new work, which bears the bona fide Baldessarian stamp of pointed humor and unwavering formal invention.

Baldessari’s oeuvre has been continuously fueled by words and images that catch the artist’s roving eye for an extra millisecond, slowing his continuous scanning of art history, popular culture, and everyday life. Plucking such persistent anomalies from the gorged stream of free-flowing stuff, Baldessari’s delight has consistently been in highlighting the communicative haziness immanent to every seemingly

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