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Repair/Retouch Series: An Allegory on Wholeness (Plate and Man with Crutches)

John Baldessari (American, born National City, California, 1931)

Date:
1976
Medium:
Gelatin silver prints
Dimensions:
Image: 36.5 x 58 cm (14 3/8 x 22 13/16 in.) Frame: 40.6 x 61.6 cm (16 x 24 1/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Collection of Gilbert and Lila Silverman, Detroit
  • Description

    Baldessari, an influential conceptual artist and teacher at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), made his first photographic works in the late 1960s. He began to experiment with retouching in the mid-1970s, inspired by rumors that marketing agencies were secretly embedding subliminal messages in advertisements. Here, he used paint and airbrush to “heal” a one-legged man and a broken dish—a droll twist on the metaphor of “doctoring” photographs.

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