The interest in both written and visual language has been a lifelong obsession for John Baldessari. He incorporates wit and irony in his art, regardless of whether it mocks conceptual art or informs his work. He strives to define the distinction between a “part” and a “whole”, this partly due to his reductive philosophical manner of art-making.
Beethoven's Trumpet (With Ear), Opus 127 (2007)
The Pencil Story (1972 -1973)
Synthesizing images with painting is Baldessari’s trademark. His visual juxtapositions of words and text challenge how images function.