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"Overlap Series: Double Motorcyclists and Landscape (Icelandic)” features the wry humor and concept that has come to determine Baldessari’s practice. He frequently makes use of visual non-sequiturs that are at once destabilizing and confounding. As seen here, in which he superimposes images of a high-speed motorcycle chase against a serene Icelandic landscape, Baldessari offers that his works defy category as well as question what can truly be considered art.

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It is hard to characterize John Baldessari's (American, b. 1931) varied practice—which includes photomontage, artist’s books, prints, paintings, film, performance, and installation—except through his approach of good-humored irreverence. Baldessari is commonly associated with Conceptual or Minimalist art, though he has called this characterization “a little bit boring.” His two-dimensional works often incorporate found images, composed in layers or presented as distinct pieces with an element of surprise, like a brightly colored geometric shape in the place of a face or a starkly printed sardonic caption. Baldessari has demonstrated a lasting interest in language and semantics, articulating these concerns through the use of puns or the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated images and words, as in his 1978 work Blasted Allegories. His self-referencing photomontages and use of text have been sources of inspiration for countless artists, including Cindy Sherman, David Salle, and Barbara Kruger. Baldessari identifies his own artistic lineage, saying, "I would prefer to go to the source with Duchamp rather than credit Warhol as an influence."

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Overlap Series: Double Motorcyclists and Landscape (Icelandic), 2003
Lot Number 15
Lithograph in colors on Somerset Satin paper
29.5 x 28.75 in (74.93 x 73.03 cm)
Edition of 90
Signed and numbered, recto
Estimate $3,000 - $5,000
Ends Dec 14 at 1:14pm ET
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Overlap Series: Double Motorcyclists and Landscape (Icelandic)
  • Dimensions
    29.5 x 28.75 in (74.93 x 73.03 cm)