Laguna Art Museum announces exhibition of prints by
John Baldessari

On June 16, Laguna Art Museum will open the exhibition I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art: Prints by John Baldessari from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. Featuring over seventy works made between 1971 and 2017, the exhibition will survey Baldessari’s dynamic use of the medium across the span of his career.

John Baldessari (born 1931) is among the most revered and influential figures in contemporary California art. His most familiar works are compositions in which he combines and alters photographic images to disruptive, thought-provoking, and often comic effect. Some of the photographs are his own; most are appropriated images such as movie stills. 

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John Baldessari, I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art, edition 44/150, 1971, Lithograph, 22 7/16 x 30 1/16 inches

Having abandoned painting to work in media more suited to the conceptual direction in which his art was moving, Baldessari made his first venture in printmaking in 1971 with the now-famous lithograph I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art. Since that time he has embraced prints as a means of making his playful art available at relatively low cost to a wide audience, experimenting with various techniques and collaborating with print studios and publishers around the world. 

“John Baldessari is one of the most important artists in the world today,” comments Jordan D. Schnitzer. “His works are in every national and international museum. Baldessari likes to take common images and manipulate them; with circles of color, putting people upside down, whatever it takes to intrigue and confuse us. In so doing, he makes us stop and look at his art and say, ‘What is going on here?’ It is that moment he has got us thinking about whatever comes into our mind and, maybe in that moment, we will better understand our issues and the issues of our time.“ 

The museum is grateful to Mr. Schnitzer for his generosity and willingness to share his remarkable print collections with the public. I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art: Prints by John Baldessari from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation is curated by Elizabeth Rooklidge and will be on view through September 22, 2019.

At age 14, Jordan D. Schnitzer bought his first work of art from his mother’s Portland, Oregon contemporary art gallery, evolving into a lifelong avocation as collector. He began collecting contemporary prints and multiples in earnest in 1988. 

Today, the collection exceeds 13,000 works and includes many of today’s most important contemporary artists. It has grown to be one of the country’s largest private print collections. He generously lends work from his collection to qualified institutions. The Foundation has organized over 110 exhibitions and has had art exhibited at over 150 museums.

For more information about the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, visit www.jordanschnitzer.org.

For more information on LAM, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.

The Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Dr.