John Baldessari, Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line


John Baldessari (American, 1931-2020)

Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts), 1973

Medium: Complete set of twelve offset lithographs in colors, on coated stock paper, with title and justification pages. Loose as issued within the original blue letterpress paper folio with die-cut window opening and blue clothbound presentation box with gold lettering.

Edition of 500 (aside from the edition of 2000): Hand signed by the publishers and numbered on the justification page

Publishers: Giampaolo Prearo Editore and Galleria Toselli, Milan

Sheet dimensions: each: 24.2 x 32.3 cm (9.5 x 12.7 in)

Portfolio dimensions: 27.0 x 34.0 x 2.2 cm (10.6 x 13.4 x 0.9 in)

Literature: Hurowitz p. 471

Condition: Very good (cardboard case and presentation box with minimal traces of age, one print with scratches)

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California based artist John Baldessari’s work is most often recognised as Conceptual or Minimalist. He is known for his pioneering use of appropriated imagery and works using found photography. His signature pieces are juxtapositions of images and text that delve into the power of language and the way in which art is communicated.  His extensive body of work demonstrates the power of communication that can arise when texts and images are used in unison. Baldessari does this whilst offering a commentary on contemporary culture. Although he was initially a painter, since the 1970s, John Baldessari has worked less with paint and increasingly with collage as well as printmaking, film, video installation, sculpture and photography. This move away from painting gave rise to his interest in billboards, and the ways in which they function as a popular means of communication. Influences from fellow artists including Barbara KrugerCindy ShermanDavid Salle and Annette Lemieux are evident throughout much of his oeuvre.

American, 1931-2020

John Baldessari, Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line

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