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John Baldessari Quotes

I was teaching live drawing in a community college and students started zoning in on the face and spending a couple of hours on that and then putting the rest of the body on the face only in the last hour. It didnt work to just tell them, Well, youre really not thinking of the body as a totality. So in desperation I would put a drape over the models head so they couldnt see it. They had to draw the body and then at the end of the session for an hour I would take the drape off just to try to reverse their procedure.
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I go back and forth between wanting to be abundantly simple and maddeningly complex.

— John Baldessari

It's human desire to be understood. And we always feel we're not understood.

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I could never figure out why photography and art had separate histories. So I decided to explore both.

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I guess I get bored easily, and thank God. I don't want to all my life pound only the same key, although some artists do it very effectively. I'm not trying to denigrate anybody.

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If I saw the art around me that I liked, then I wouldn't do art.

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I will not make anymore boring art.

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There's no such thing as a bad photograph.

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I always felt like I was right out of Dickens, looking in the window of the Christmas feast, but not at the feast.

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A lot of ideas don't translate very well into art. To say, "Oh my god, the grass is green ... " You're going to end up with a big green painting.

— John Baldessari

Ideally I would like the work to be a hybrid between painting and photography.

— John Baldessari

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