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John Baldessari, Christopher Knight tonight at Hammer Museum

October 4, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Baldessari

This evening, artist John Baldessari will appear at the Hammer Museum to discuss his art, career and the L.A. cultural scene with Times art critic Christopher Knight. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Baldessari, 80, is regarded as one of the leading conceptual artists of his generation. His work is featured prominently in Pacific Standard Time, the series of exhibitions sponsored by the Getty that addresses the rise of art in Southern California from 1945 to 1980.

A retrospective of his work, "John Baldessari: Pure Beauty," ran at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last year before moving to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Baldessari's art encompasses various media, including photography, video, painting and text-based creations. The artist was born near San Diego and has spent much of his career working in Southern California.

Tuesday's discussion is part of the Hammer Conversations series. The museum said that Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Parking at the museum is $3 after 6 p.m.

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-- David Ng

Photo: John Baldessari. Credit: LACMA

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