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December 29, 2009

'I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art' — John Baldessari (1971)


From ubuweb: "In 1971, Baldessari was commissioned by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada to create an original, on-site work. Unable to make the journey himself, he suggested that the students voluntarily write the phrase 'I will not make any more boring art' on the gallery walls. Inspired by the work's completion — the students covered the walls with the phrase — Baldessari committed his own version of the piece to videotape. Like an errant schoolboy, he dutifully writes, 'I will not make any more boring art' over and over again in a notebook for the duration of the tape. In an ironic disjunction of form and content, Baldessari's methodical, repetitive exercise deliberately contradicts the point of the lesson — to refrain from creating 'boring' art."


Got 13 minutes 6 seconds? Go for it (screengrabs above and below).


If you find yourself in London anytime up through January 10, 2010, you can visit the most extensive UK retrospective ever of Baldessari's conceptual art, comprising more than 130 works, at Tate Modern.

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