"Words are just a way we communicate. Images are a way we communicate. And I couldn't figure out why they had to be in different baskets."
PREVIEW: John Baldessari in Season 5 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2009)
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Synthesizing photomontage, painting, and language, Baldessari's deadpan visual juxtapositions equate images with words and illuminate, confound, and challenge meaning. He upends commonly held expectations of how images function, often by drawing the viewers attention to minor details, absences, or the spaces between things.