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John Baldessari, The First $100,000 I Ever Made

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Photos by Friends of the High Line Courtesy John Baldessari and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.


HIGH LINE BILLBOARD

The First $100,000 I Ever Made by John Baldessari
On View Friday, December 2 to Friday, December 30, 2011
Billboard next to the High Line at West 18th Street

High Line Art, presented by Friends of the High Line, today unveiled The First $100,000 I Ever Made, a new work created by legendary artist John Baldessari for the 25-by-75 foot billboard next to the High Line on 10th Avenue at West 18th Street. This is the first of three works to be presented as part of a new series called HIGH LINE BILLBOARDThe First $100,000 I Ever Made will remain on view until Friday, December 30, 2011.

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My Name in Lights, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Posted in Art, Conceptual Art, Photography, text by petercombe on June 7, 2011

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Last month I mentioned The Holland Festival and the Stedelijk Museum’s joint presentation of the interactive artwork Your Name in Lights by John Baldessari. It was the opportunity to have your name screened for a 15 seconds on the marquee atop the museum extension’s construction scaffolding. I entered my name and on June 3, Your Name In Lights messaged me to say my name would appear Monday, 6 June 11:20:00 AM CET. This left me very little time find a photographer based in Amsterdam. After many Google searches I was able to find one willing to trek over to the Stedelijk and record the event. Amazing that he was able to take the 6 photos in all, in so short a timeframe.

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Photos: 31pictures.nl / (c) 2011, www.31pictures.nl

John Baldessari, Your Name in Lights

Posted in Art, Conceptual Art, Gif, Installation, text, type by petercombe on May 7, 2011

John Baldessari Your Name in Lights: Register now and your name will appear in lights on Museumplein in Amsterdam.

The Holland Festival and the Stedelijk Museum jointly present the interactive artwork Your Name in Lights by John Baldessari, one of America’s best-known Conceptual artists. This extraordinary artwork will be installed on Museumplein from June 1 to 26, 2011. Your Name in Lights draws on our society’s obsession with celebrity and recalls Andy Warhol’s oft-quoted statement from 1968, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Inspired by historic markers of show-biz celebrity, such as the neon lights on Broadway and the marquees of Hollywood cinemas, Baldessari offers spectators a chance to seize 15 seconds of fame by presenting their names on a 30-metre L.E.D. screen. Your Name in Lights premiered as the 23rd Kaldor Public Art Project, in collaboration with the 2011 Sydney Festival; its appearance in Amsterdam is the second and only other planned presentation of the work.
Register here and your name will appear in lights at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

2010 in review

Posted in stats by petercombe on January 2, 2011

WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 78,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 280 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 780 posts.

The busiest day of the year was March 29th with 2,942 views. The most popular post that day was just my cuppa tea.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were artfagcity.com, twitter.com/ebertchicago, huffingtonpost.com, facebook.comblog.berkeleyrep.orghyperallergic.com/5944 and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for l’edizione di 3, somerset house, anish kapoor, maurizio cattelan, peter combe art, john baldessari, and paint chip art.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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just my cuppa tea March 2010

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad Prepares for Avatar Premier February 2010
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8½, Altered Subtitles February 2010
3 comments

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Rush Limbaugh’s Penthouse For Sale – What About The Art? March 2010
8 comments

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The Goude, The Bad and The Awesome March 2010
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Baldessari Your Life

Posted in Art, Collage, Conceptual Art, Gif, I appropriate, Peter Combe Art by petercombe on December 17, 2010

Peter Combe, London Calling John Baldessari, 2010

John Baldessari is perhaps best known for his artworks of appropriated photographic imagery that incorporated juxtaposed colorful dots. The dots served two functions in Baldessari’s work; they allowed him to “obliterate” the identifies of people in his found images and also to render them anonymous so they could be seen more as generic types (such as an art curator or an art hustler) rather than specific individuals. But the dots also represented Baldessari’s overall strategy aimed at deflecting the viewer’s gaze from the habitual way of seeing – prompting viewers to look

A new site on tumblr allows you to Baldessari Your Life. Above is my submission (in gif form), borrowing the original gif (sans blue dot) from Mark Portillo. If you want to Baldessari your life, submit here or email your submission here.

Original gif image here: Mark Portillo

Birth of Baldessari

Posted in Art, Birth of..., Collage, Photography, Photomontage by petercombe on February 25, 2010


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ManRay, Hier (Kiki de Montparnasse) Detail, 1930/1965, Vintage silver gelatin prints and collage

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John Baldessari, Beethoven’s Trumpet (with Ear) Opus #127

Posted in Art by petercombe on November 2, 2009

Beethoven’s Trumpet (with Ear) Opus #127, by John Baldessari.

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John Baldessari on Art:21

Posted in Art by petercombe on September 21, 2009

I’m really excited about the upcoming season 5 of Art21 on PBS. Here is a snippet on John Baldessari whose work is also on show at the Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Check out the briliant piece at about the 1:03 mark in the video, (fellow sitting in a chair donning a top hat).

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