John Baldessari (1931-2020), former Guild member and one of the one hundred artists celebrated in our centennial book 100 Artists, 100 Years: A Century of Creativity in San Diego, died January 2 at his home in Los Angeles at age 88.
John Baldessari. Noses and Ears, Etc: The Gemini Series: Face with Nose and Green Ear (2006)
Baldessari was an influential conceptual artist who helped transform Los Angeles into a global art capital through his witty image-making and decades of teaching there. His art was infused with a droll sense of humor and he embraced a wide range of media including videos, photography, prints, sculpture, text-based art, installations, and painting. For a complete obituary, see The New York Times, January 5, 2020:John Baldessari, Who Gave Conceptual Art a Dose of Wit, Is Dead at 88
And enjoy this short documentary video "A Brief History of John Baldessari"