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Conceptual Artist And Icon John Baldessari Dies




Artist and honoree John Baldessari attends LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari Presented By Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Artist and honoree John Baldessari attends LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari Presented By Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Conceptual artist John Baldessari helped build the art scene in Los Angeles.

The renowned figure died in his home in Venice at the age of 88. He started as a semiabstract painter in the 1950s, but took his traditional paintings to a funeral home in San Diego for cremation, according to the New York Times. He used humor and irony in his influential conceptual artwork and taught at the California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s and 80s and UCLA in the late 90s and early 2000s. Today, AirTalk looks back on the life of Baldessari and his significance to the art community.

Guest:

Jori Finkel, regular contributor for the New York Times covering visual art, she’s based in Los Angeles; she tweets @jorifinkel