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Happy Birthday John Baldessari

John Baldessari

John Baldessari’s Beethoven’s Trumpet (with Ear) Opus #132, 2007 is currently on view in Crystal Bridges’ 1940s to Now gallery. A popular artwork with children, the sculpture plays Beethoven when you clap or speak into the large ear-trumpet.  Baldessari has created a huge body of work in many media over his career.

Today is Baldessari’s birthday; he was born June 17, 1931.  I could write a pithy post about John Baldessari’s work and career, but I just don’t think there’s any better overview than the short video below, narrated by the inimitable Tom Waits.

Watch carefully and you’ll see Beethoven’s Trumpet (with Ear) Opus #132 in this video, as well as Baldessari’s cool Still Life app, which we are currently using in our interactive gallery adjacent to the American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life exhibition.

So many reasons to watch and to appreciate the art of John Baldessari!

This video was commissioned by LACMA for their first annual “Art + Film Gala” honoring John Baldessari and Clint Eastwood.directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman ( edited by Max Joseph ( written by Gabriel Nussbaum ( cinematography by Magdalena Gorka ( & Henry Joost produced by Mandy Yaeger & Erin Wright