on view: a brief history of john baldessari

John Baldessari | Beethoven’s Trumpet (With Ear), Opus #132 Reverse, 2007. Photo courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

I have a huge art crush on John Baldessari. How can you not admire someone who burned his paintings (making cookies from the ashes) and publicly declared “I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art”? This video is amazing not only for being chock full o’Baldessari, but the narration provided by Tom Waits is gravelly-voiced icing on the cake. The way he growls the word biennale will give you life.