I’ve had a lifelong love affair with language, typography and graphic design, and I love the wit and the irony of this painting by John Baldessari. It boldly tells you what sells, and breaks every rule.
Baldessari once said, “I think when I’m doing art, I’m questioning how to do it. I’d say, ‘Well, why is this art? Why isn’t that art?'”
A pioneer of conceptual art in the 1960s, he’s one of the most influential artists of his generation. This painting was one of his first breakthrough works. It sold, and it’s worth millions today.
What do you think of it? What does it make you feel about art and commerce?
Balloon Dog by Jeff Koons, High Chromium Stainless Steel, 15 Feet Tall
I get lost looking at art. It just makes me feel more human. For me, the connection stems from knowing that each object is a direct reflection of the person who made it. Whatever the reason for creating it – commissioned art, tortured art, practical, outrageous – it’s all a reflection of an individual hand. Someone’s thought process. Someone’s vision made real.
I’m always fascinated by the why, but more than anything else, I love to picture the person actually making it. The tools. The time invested. The mistakes. The everyday frustrations of the creative process. The journey from a lump of clay.
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