John Baldessari
Madame Cézanne's Hairdo's

July 20 - September 2, 2017

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Opening Reception: July 20, 6-8 pm
First Thursday Reception: August 3, 6-8 pm

John Baldessari epitomizes the visual arts in Los Angeles and playfully explores the dislocation between context and image. His vibrant wit and unclassifiable oeuvre over the past 50 years includes painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video. Baldessari’s latest series of prints titled Madame Cézanne’s Hairdos were inspired by his visit to the Madame Cézanne exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2015. Baldessari focused on the subject of evolving hairstyles that Hortense Fiquet wore over the two decades her husband, Paul Cézanne, painted her portrait. Baldessari’s new imagery exaggerates the shape and scale of hair worn by Cézanne’s muse and transforms it into highly graphic, flattened geometries. Aptly titled Cone, Cube, Octagon, Oval Pyramid, Rhomboid, Sphere, and Trapezoid, Baldessari’s delightfully wry series re-imagines the familiar to elicit new meanings and encourage fresh interpretations.
John Baldessari’s work is included in numerous public collections around the globe including Musée d'Art Contemporain Lyon (Lyon, France), Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Tate Britain (London, England) and the Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane, Australia).