John Baldessari

John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective from the

Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family


02.26.11 – 06.26.11

Palm Springs Art Museum

101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
phone 760.322.4800

For more than 40 years, John Baldessari has been a mainstay of the Southern California art scene and a key contributor to national and international explorations of conceptual art in its many idioms, whether linguistic, performance-based, or photo and object-based. An underlying theme in his art has been the questioning of perceptual experience – how we see, interpret, and understand the world around us – and how this experience can dislocate preconceived notions and challenge conventional thinking. His work has been aggressively multimedia, ranging from pure painting to printed and written word art, colorful collages and assemblages, recorded performances, and works that combine painting, photography, and sculpture. Baldessari’s impressive achievements were recently honored by a retrospective at the Tate Modern. The exhibition, Pure Beauty, is currently on view at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Jordan Schnitzer, resident of Portland, OR, and Indian Wells, has amassed the world’s largest repository of Baldessari’s prints and multiples. An initial selection of works from this collection was presented at the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 2009.

John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation is organized by the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.Support for the exhibition and related educational and promotional programs has been made possible by a grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.Additional funding is provided by the museum’s Contemporary Art Council, Gladys Rubinstein, the Faye and Herman Sarkowsky Exhibition Fund, Bonhams & Butterfields, and Thelma and Gilbert Schnitzer.

Additional mixed media works and paintings by Baldessari on loan from other collectors will be installed in the Steve Chase Wing.

John Baldessari, Six Colorful Gags (Male), 1991, photogravure, aquatint, and spit-bite aquatint, collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, © John Baldessari

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