John Baldessari, Zorro (Two Gestures and One Mark)


John Baldessari (American, 1931-2020)

Zorro (Two Gestures and One Mark), 1998

Medium: Offset lithograph and screenprint on Arches paper, and flip book

Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 8 in)

Edition of 60 + 15 A.P.: Print and flip book each hand-signed and numbered

Publisher: Oktagon, Cologne, Germany

Printer: Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles (with their chop mark)

Catalogue raisonné: Coplan Hurowitz 99

Condition: Very good

In stock

This print by John Baldessari comes with the deluxe version of the artist’s book Zorro (Two Gestures and One Mark). The artist’s book takes the form of a flip book highlighting three movie scenes: one with Jean Paul Belmondo, one with Zorro, and one with Humphrey Bogart. Both the print and the flip book are hand-signed and numbered.

John Baldessari was a highly influential American conceptual artist who is best known for his pioneering use of appropriated imagery. He is widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, and his artwork has had a significant impact on the development of contemporary art. Baldessari’s artworks challenged traditional notions of art and art-making, exploring the ways in which images and language can be manipulated to create new meanings. Playing a pivotal role in the text-based art movement, he often incorporated text and found images into his artwork, using them to question the role of the artist and the art object. By juxtaposing images and text, John Baldessari delved 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. John Baldessari’s work with limited edition prints excelled in seamlessly integrating diverse media into cohesive artworks. His printmaking practice enabled the layering of photographic images, text, and bold abstract forms, creating complex visual narratives that subvert conventional art expressions. Additionally, the release of fine art prints allowed Baldessari to make his playful conceptual ideas more accessible to a wider audience. One of Baldessari’s most notable artwork is titled Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts). Created in 1973, the series documents Baldessari throwing three balls into the air and attempting to capture them in a straight line. The images are playful and absurd, challenging our expectations of what constitutes a work of art, whilst highlighting the inherent subjectivity and unpredictability of artistic creation. The title of the series reflects Baldessari’s interest in the relationship between the artist, the viewer, and the artwork. Influences from fellow artists including Barbara KrugerCindy ShermanDavid Salle and Annette Lemieux are evident throughout much of his oeuvre. American, 1931-2020.

John Baldessari, Zorro (Two Gestures and One Mark)


Limited Edition Print


Other, Screenprint


Figurative Art, Contemporary Art, Conceptual Art, Pop Art

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