INTO A FANTASY WORLD OF HIS OWN.
During High school his interests were equally balanced between art and chemistry. But chose art and went on to obtain a degree from San Diego State Collage with a major in Art, a minor in Literature, and selected courses in Philosophy.
1970 - BALDESSARI BURNED MOST OF HIS VIDEO WORK FOR REASONS UNKNOWN, making record of his video work very rare. A select few are available at
Baldessari carpeted the floors with images of white clouds against a blue sky (digital manipulations of Magritte's clouds) and wallpapered the ceiling with repeating images of intersecting Los Angeles freeways. He also asked the guards to wear bowler hats.
"I get accused a lot of jamming things together that don't go together," he said, "which is something Magritte does all the time. So I think we share that tendency. The whole idea is to get people to look at things more closely."
"If I ever meet Magritte in that big art gallery in the sky, is he going to smack me?" He paused, perhaps for effect. "I don't think so. I think he would like this."
IMAGE: John Baldessari in the gallery he designed for the installation of the Magritte show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
John Baldessari lives in Santa Monica, California.At 75 he still teaches art at UCLA, continues to exhibit throughout the world, and works out four days a week with a personal trainer.