"Commissioned Painting: A Painting by Pat Nelson" (1969)

"Commissioned Painting: A Painting by Pat Nelson," 1969
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 59 1/4 x 45 1/2 inches
© John Baldessari
Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

"I think my idea is this: not so much structure that it’s inhibiting or that there’s no wiggle room, but not so loose that it could be anything. I guess it’s like a corral around your idea, a corral that you can move—but not too much. And it’s that limited movement that promotes creativity."

-John Baldessari