"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.

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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

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Overlap Series: Double Motorcyclists and Landscape (Icelandic)
  • Dimensions
    29.5 x 28.75 in (74.93 x 73.03 cm)