Fine in J Fine jacket. 4to Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 256 pp, Foreword and Acknowledgments by Richard Koshalek; Interlude: Between Questions and Answers; But This Is Not The Moral of the Story...; The Art of Misleading Interpretation; Biographical Data compiled by David Platzker; exhibition history, bibliography, checklist of the exhibition, lenders to the exhibition, index, photograph credits with color and b&w illustrations throughout. First Edition, 1990. "Using imagery and language appropriated from twentieth-century popular culture the iconoclastic American artist sets out to confound our conditioned sense of the world. This first full-scale monograph of teh artist's work explores the ways in which Baldessari has decisively altered the course of contemporary art, the rold of photography, and the role of the artist. In three provocative and thoughtful essays, van Bruggen traces Baldessari's gradual shift from the creation of imagist mind games in the 1960s through his intellectual analyses of social codes in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In addition, the texts provide a chronological overview of the artist's career and a penetrating study of the use of narrative and dream structure in the work of th e1970s and 1980s." from the jacke flap. Not Price Clipped. Inked name on half title, else, Pristine, no wear. Clean, tight and strong binding with no highlighting or marginalia. Black cloth with white lettering to spine, and pictorial endpapers. ~Click on BOOKSTORES to browse our extensive listings of similar titles in Art History~
Publishers Weekly, 1990-06-01 Juxtaposing images from popular culture and mundane reality, conceptual artist Baldessari turns the vernacular of mass perception back on itself, jolting viewers out of programmed ways of seeing. An artist with a keen sense of humor and an instinctive feel for the absurdity of much of modern culture, he creates open-ended messages, clues for the spectator to decipher. Wedding 375 plates to a perceptive essay that tracks the Southern Californian's ever-shifting modes, this monograph--a tie-in with a touring retrospective--explores Baldessari's imagist ``mind games'' of the 1960s and '70s, text-and-image parables, composite photoworks blending newsreel-like reportage with fabrication, collages and installations. Van Bruggen ( Bruce Nauman ) illuminates how Baldessari wrests poetry, meaning and hope from alchemical fusions of movie stills, words, billboard posters, ads, old photographs and art-historical references. (July)
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