On this Day: June 17, 1931 | Birthday of John Baldessari

17 June 1931: Birthday of John Baldessari, American painter and illustrator (d. 2020) (Source)

John Baldessari in Venice, 2009 – Author: Frédéric de Goldschmidt (Source)

John Anthony Baldessari (June 17, 1931 – January 2, 2020)[1] was an American conceptual artist known for his work featuring found photography and appropriated images. He lived and worked in Santa Monica and Venice, California.

Initially a painter, Baldessari began to incorporate texts and photography into his canvases in the mid-1960s. In 1970 he began working in printmaking, film, video, installation, sculpture and photography.[2] He created thousands of works which demonstrate—and, in many cases, combine—the narrative potential of images and the associative power of language within the boundaries of the work of art. His art has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe.[3] His work influenced that of Cindy Sherman, David Salle, Annette Lemieux, and Barbara Kruger among others. (Source)

Volker

I am Volker Schunck and live in Dresden, Germany. First I was an industrial clerk, then I studied theology. Through my engagement with Zen, I became aware of the Christian mysticism. Meanwhile, I go my own way. For me, faith is not a world-view but a being. It is important to me, not to live lost in thought but aware and intensely. For me, this also includes careful handling of other people. The NVC (Nonviolent Communication), which I learned during my training as a mediator, helps me with this.

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