John Baldessari

Noses & Ears, Etc. , Part Two
October 19 - November 25, 2006
New York
Selected Works
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Yellow) Face with (Blue) Nose and Drums</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Yellow) Face with (Blue) Nose and Drums, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): Two (Flesh) Faces with (Blue) Ears and Noses, Two (Flesh) Hands and Hobby Horse</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): Two (Flesh) Faces with (Blue) Ears and Noses, Two (Flesh) Hands and Hobby Horse, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): Two (Bluegreen) Faces with Noses and Ears, One (Yellowgreen) Face with Nose and Three Hands and Accordion</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): Two (Bluegreen) Faces with Noses and Ears, One (Yellowgreen) Face with Nose and Three Hands and Accordion, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Yellow) Face, Ear, Nose, (Red) Hands and Legs with Fallen Table</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Yellow) Face, Ear, Nose, (Red) Hands and Legs with Fallen Table, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Orange) Face with (Green) Nose and (Yellow) Hands and Fish</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Orange) Face with (Green) Nose and (Yellow) Hands and Fish, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): Face (Orange) with (Blue) Nose, (Red and Green) Hands and Trophy</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): Face (Orange) with (Blue) Nose, (Red and Green) Hands and Trophy, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Pink) Face (with Green) Nose and Arm and Pillow</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Pink) Face (with Green) Nose and Arm and Pillow, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Blue) Face with Nose and Tangled Rope</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Blue) Face with Nose and Tangled Rope, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Violet) Face and (Blue) Face with (Pink Noses) and Ears and Pistol</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Violet) Face and (Blue) Face with (Pink Noses) and Ears and Pistol, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Green) Face with Nose, (Yellow and Violet) Hands, (Red) Arm and Pistol (with Tie)</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Green) Face with Nose, (Yellow and Violet) Hands, (Red) Arm and Pistol (with Tie), 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): Four (Red, Black, Blue, Yellow) Faces, Cowboy Hats, and Prison Bars</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): Four (Red, Black, Blue, Yellow) Faces, Cowboy Hats, and Prison Bars, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Green) Face and (Red) Face with Noses 
and (Yellow) Hands and Dog</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Green) Face and (Red) Face with Noses and (Yellow) Hands and Dog, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): Two (Red) Faces with Noses and Ear and (Blue) Hand and Foodstuffs</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): Two (Red) Faces with Noses and Ear and (Blue) Hand and Foodstuffs, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Red) Face with (Blue) Ear and (Green) Nose with (Flesh) Hands, Tie, and Boulder</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Red) Face with (Blue) Ear and (Green) Nose with (Flesh) Hands, Tie, and Boulder, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Blue) Face with Nose and Arm and Leg</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Blue) Face with Nose and Arm and Leg, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Blue) Face with (Yellow) Nose and (Red) Hand, Candle, and Skull</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Blue) Face with (Yellow) Nose and (Red) Hand, Candle, and Skull, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Yellow) Face and Ear with (Blue) Nose and Subway Car</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Yellow) Face and Ear with (Blue) Nose and Subway Car, 2006
<b>Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Blue) Face with Nose and Ear and Whiskey, Tie and Sculpture</b>, 2006 Image
Noses & Ears, Etc. (Part Two): (Blue) Face with Nose and Ear and Whiskey, Tie and Sculpture, 2006

Opening reception: Thursday, October 19th , 6 – 8 p.m.

Marian Goodman Gallery is very pleased to announce a new exhibition by John Baldessari that will open to the public on Thursday, October 19th and will be on view through Saturday, November 25th.

On view will be a series of new works titled 'Noses & Ears, Etc,' a group of digital photographic prints over-painted with acrylic paint and collage elements, which Baldessari says, "continue my fascination with color, the relation of photography to painting, and viewing the picture plane on three levels rather than the conventional single plane. Perhaps these works can be seen as not painting, photography or sculpture, but a melding of all three."

The subject of this series, an ironic look at the portrayal of 'faces' (bringing to the fore the nose and the ear), highlights the conceptual strategies that have been an ongoing concern in Baldessari's work, namely "what we leave in and what we leave out" of an image and how that shapes the subsequent history of a representation. In this group of works Baldessari alludes to the uncanny; to the workings of chance, editing, and choice; the forces that contend within a photograph; and the resulting act of selection which ensues and shapes visual memory.

Writing about the exhibition, Baldessari says, " The series ' Noses & Ears, Etc.' had its inception when I was a painter in the mid-fifties. I was immersed in thinking about totality- (what is a whole and what is a part?). Painting sections of the human body was a part of that investigation- ears and noses especially. Eyes and lips were done in past art because they seemed whole and didn't seem to suffer much by being isolated (cf. Redon, Man Ray). The nose was more a subject of literature (Pinocchio, Cyrano, Gogol, Tristram Shandy, Etc.). To represent people only by an ear and/or nose became for me another way of reducing human identity to a minimum. Faces become clichés like anything else so viewing people only by ears and/ or nose might enable the viewer to see afresh."

- John Baldessari, September 2006

John Baldessari has been an innovative force in contemporary art, redefining its parameters to include its role as a visual evocation of language, and leading the way in bringing photography as a medium to the forefront of contemporary art, a movement which changed the international art world forever. The artist's trajectory, developed over five decades of conceptual practice, began with painting and later moved to photo-based work, embracing film, video, books, prints, objects and installation along the way. Baldessari's use of appropriation, alteration, cropping, erasure, and montage to disrupt a narrative or to construct an entirely new meaning out of recombined fragments, has been utilized in disparate ways in different bodies of works spanning his career.

From the early photo-text paintings of the sixties, to the conceptual works of the seventies, to the 'found pictures' of the 1980s; from the erased identity and overpainted 'dot' works of the 1990s, to the "Goya" series and later "Tetrad" works of the late nineties; and more recently, from the "Overlaps"/"Intersections", and "Windows"/"Columns", as well as "Prima Facie" works, allegory and allusion, dichotomy and opposition, and chance correspondences, are at the heart of Baldessari's working practice. In recent years, he has also been investigating new issues of painting in his work.

John Baldessari was born in National City, California in 1931. He received his BA and MA from San Diego State College, CA (1949-53 and 1955-57, respectively) and studied at University of California, Berkeley (1954-55); UCLA (1955); Otis Art Institute 91957-59); and the Chouinard Art Institute, LA.

This year he will be honored by The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles on October 7th, and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, on November 9th. He was the recipient in April 2006 of a Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, National University of Ireland.

A major retrospective in two parts: Works 1962-1984 at the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, and Works: 1984-2005 at Kunsthaus Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz was held in 2005.

Most recently, Baldessari was invited to curate the exhibition Ways of Seeing: John Baldessari Explores the Collection, now on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden through July 2007. A solo exhibition of the Prima Facie works is currently on view at the Museum Dhondt Daenens, Belgium, through early December. A unique installation of Baldessari's work will be featured in Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of images at LACMA, Los Angeles, an exhibition devoted to exploring the impact of Magritte's work on thirty-one contemporary artists, on view from November 19th through March 4, 2007.

Solo presentations of his work over the past five years have included exhibitions at: Carre d'Art Musee Contemporain de Nimes, France (2005-2006); Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin (2004); Museo d'Arte Moderna Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Trento, Italy (2000-2001); Sprengel Museum, Hannover, (1999-2000); and Albertina im Adademiehof, Vienna (1999).

Please join us at the opening reception on Thursday, October 19th from 6-8 pm.



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