Interview: John Baldessari

He's been one of North America's most important artists for nearly 50 years. Now John Baldessari has created a group of 13 works for the Deutsche Guggenheim, entitled "Somewhere Between Almost Right and Not Quite (With Orange)", which combines different aspects of his total oeuvre. It's an overview, but not a final stop, as he reveals in this interview...


2004 California Biennial

Where Roadrunner, Kurt Cobain, fashion victims and skateboarders meet: supported by Deutsche Bank, the 2004 California Biennial will take place at the Orange County Museum of Art. Here, the young California art scene directs its gaze at Hollywood, the American middle-class and the commercialisation of personal space...


Art of the West Coast

Ever since the 1950s, art from California has served as a counterpart to the coming out of New York. John Baldessari's generation used Pop Art to address the uniformity and standardisation of daily life. Today, contemporary artists in Los Angeles rely on the humour and irony of the subculture in dealing with sex, violence and Hollywood...


Art and Film

From the very beginning, Hollywood movies have fascinated people. Hollywood is a dream, a longing, the most famous sign ever mounted on a hill. It promises excitement, drama, love, and much more. But Hollywood also stands for stiff competition and a cruel star system - just the right terrain for artists who want to stick it to the rest of the world...


California Dreaming: Art on the US West Coast

Our world - especially our imagined world - would look very different without the movies from Hollywood, Cinecittŕ or Babelsberg. Cinema has influenced generations of viewers and helped shape their fantasies, hopes and desires like no other medium. This issue of db artmag looks at how artists respond to the immense power of the moving pictures from the dream factories. +++ One artist who has long used cinema as an inspiration for his work is the Santa Monica-based painter and photographer John Baldessari. To coincide with his current exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim, we've conducted an interview with a man who is not only one of the greats in his field, but is also a master at the question-and-answer game. +++ Oliver Koerner von Gustorf reports from the California Biennial, currently underway at the Orange Country Museum in Newport Beach, and lets us know what else is going on in the art scene in Baldessari's home state. +++ Provocation has a long tradition among artists from the West Coast: Harald Fricke's feature recollects the most impressive examples from the past 40 years and reveals why it was all received just so humourlessly in New York. +++ The TV generation also loves the cinema - sometimes so much that when they get done with it, there's not a lot left. Ulrich Clewing reflects on a few particularly successful examples of deconstruction.