John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective

baldessariIn one of the top San Diego museum exhibitions, MCASD welcomes back John Baldessari, this time exhibiting his printmaking, which he took up after giving up painting in 1966 and famously burning all of his canvases.

Today, conceptual artist John Baldessari is one of the most influential figures in the art world; installations like his “I will not make any more boring art,” which featured the line ironically repeated on a gallery wall, have informed the work of artists from Jenny Holzer to Cindy Sherman. But back in 1960, Baldessari was just another up-and-coming painter from National City looking for his first exhibition, and he would get it at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. This spring MCASD welcomes Baldessari back, this time exhibiting his printmaking, which he took up after giving up painting in 1966 and famously burning all of his canvases. MCASD’s John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective is the largest survey of Baldessari prints ever assembled, with more than 100 works made between 1973 and 2010 in media as diverse as lithography, etching, photogravure, aquatint, photo intaglio, embossing, silkscreen and more. They’re on view through May 13. MCASD, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.3541. www.mcasd.org

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