John Baldessari

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John Baldessari was born June 17, 1931, an American conceptual artist known for featuring found photography and appropriated images in his work. Baldessari incorporates texts and photography onto a wide range of works to combine the narrative potential of images and the associative power of language. He is best known for taking film stills out of their original context and rearrange their composition by adding words and flat surfaces of colour. For California Map Project (1969), he created objects resembling the letters in "California" a took pictures of each one, from the geographical location of where each letter was printed on a standard state road map. In another series entitled Commissioned Paintings (1969), he took several photos of his hand pointing at various objects, then hired sign painters to render these as paintings, adding the caption "A painting by [painter's name]" thus questioning the idea of artistic authorship

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