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    Sharon Coplan Hurowitz 37

  • Catalogue Essay

    An influential pioneer of Conceptual Art, John Baldessari began appropriating film stills, advertisements, and found photographs in the 1980s to examine the social impact of mass culture. Using photographic excerpts in unorthodox arrangements, he highlights dissonance and gaps in meaning to undermine expectations for how images function. The Fallen Easel employs a framed, multipart composition to suggest its own physical instability and thereby underscore the "fall" of easel painting from the apex of fine art to a grammar of simple color combinations. The colored dots, placed to obscure identities or expressions, additionally frustrate conventional markers of meaning in photographs. Art Institute Chicago website

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The Fallen Easel

1988
Lithograph and screenprint in colors, on three sheets of Arches 88 paper, one sheet of Ragocote paper and five aluminum panels, the full sheets,
overall 74 x 95 in. (188 x 241.3 cm)
one signed, dated `88' and annotated `PRINTERS PROOF' in pencil (the edition was 35 and 15 artist's proofs), co-published by Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles (with their blindstamp or inkstamp on the reverse) and Multiples, Inc., New York, the four prints all framed.

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Sold for $45,000

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New York Auctions 21 April 2015