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Spaces Between (One Risky)

A work made of gelatin silver prints.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver prints.

Date:

1986

Artist:

John Baldessari
American, 1931–2020

About this artwork

John Baldessari works in painting, sculpture, film, photography, and installation. Not a photographer himself, Baldessari uses found images—such as these two film stills from Hollywood movies—to demonstrate his fascination with mass media and its influence on everyday life. Here Baldessari combined two movie scenes, removing portions of the actors’ faces or, in one case, an entire head. By stripping the facial expressions from these moments, the artist undercut their narrative possibilities: the viewer is left to fill in the full story and to question the means by which stories are told in cinema generally.

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Artist

John Baldessari

Title

Spaces Between (One Risky)

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1986

Medium

Gelatin silver prints

Dimensions

148 × 90.8 cm

Credit Line

Gift of Boardroom, Inc.

Reference Number

1992.738

Extended information about this artwork

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