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The Fallen Easel

A work made of photolithographs (9); edition 20/35.

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  • A work made of photolithographs (9); edition 20/35.

Date:

1988

Artist:

John Baldessari
American, 1931–2020

About this artwork

An influential pioneer of Conceptual Art, John Baldessari began appropriating film stills, advertisements, and found photographs in the 1980s to examine the social impact of mass culture. Using photographic excerpts in unorthodox arrangements, he highlights dissonance and gaps in meaning to undermine expectations for how images function. The Fallen Easel employs a framed, multipart composition to suggest its own physical instability and thereby underscore the "fall" of easel painting from the apex of fine art to a grammar of simple color combinations. The colored dots, placed to obscure identities or expressions, additionally frustrate conventional markers of meaning in photographs.

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Photography and Media

Artist

John Baldessari

Title

The Fallen Easel

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1988

Medium

Photolithographs (9); edition 20/35

Dimensions

53 × 63.4 cm; 52 × 43.5 cm; 35 × 170 cm; 142 × 43 cm; other various dimensions

Credit Line

Gift of David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg

Reference Number

1991.1256.1-9

Extended information about this artwork

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