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John Baldessari, former Guild member and one of the 100 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.

"Face with Nose and (Green) Ear", screen print with hand painting

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 conceptual art was infused with a droll sense of humor.He embraced a wide range of mediums: 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

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