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November 20, 2007

John Baldessari

1. I chose to do a presentation on John Baldessari because he is more than just an artist. He is a philosophical thinker. His works go beyond normal boundaries in the meaning behind them. Though his works have a significant meaning to him, they also mean different things to different people. This is why I think he is interesting.
2. http://www.vdb.org/smackn.acgi$tapedetail?IAMMAKINGA
http://www.baldessari.org/
3. John informs not only my own thinking, but the thoughts of any one who sees his work in a very significant way. He allows the audience's mind to be independent and come up with the meaning of each piece, but often he has been known to point out what he wants the viewer to notice. This makes me think of things broader than I would normally think about. He makes me wonder about our corrupt society, our cultural views of art, the arbitrary rules we live by, and the common things we forget to notice in life.