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Baldessari Sings LeWitt

  • 1972
  • John Baldessari
  • video (PAL, black-and-white, sound), duration 15 min.
  • tijdsduur / duration 00:12:38
  • Location not on view.
  • Acquired in 2001
  • Inventory number 2579

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Description

In an ironic intersection of two systems — arcane theoretical discourse and popular music — Baldessari sings a tract by Minimalist artist Sol LeWitt. Introducing this performance by noting that "these sentences have been hidden too long in exhibition catalogues," Baldessari sings Lewitt's forty-five-point tract on Conceptual Art to the tunes of The Star-Spangled Banner and Heaven, among other songs. Baldessari's witty "art aria" functions as a meta-conceptual exercise.

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