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John Baldessari: How the L.A. art scene has changed [Video]

October 10, 2011 | 11:56 am


The career of artist John Baldessari spans nearly 50 years, intersecting with the rise of the Southern California art scene that took off during the postwar period.

During his long career, Baldessari has witnessed tremendous changes in the local cultural landscape, mostly for the better but sometimes for the worse. The artist appeared recently with Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight at the Hammer Museum, where he described the "roller-coaster" ride that has been the L.A. art world.

Here's a video clip from the conversation, in which Baldessari talks about the effect of CalArts, as well as money's effect on art-making ...


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-- David Ng

Photo: Art lovers visit the LeBasse Project gallery during the 5th Annual Culver City Artwalk held in Culver City. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times