John Baldessari - Domestic Smoke, 1992
Domestic Smoke: Desire, Power, Colored Intervals,
and Genie (with Two Boxed Asides), 1992
Color photogravure, drypoint, painted stencils and
embossing with hand coloring
41 1/4 x 27 in. / 104.8 x 68.6 cm.
Edition of 48
John Baldessari is a major American artist, known for his conceptual appropriation and rearrangements of found imagery. He has been a central pillar of the California art scene since the 1960s. The artist often juxtaposes images culled from film stills or stock photos, sometimes with other photos, in ways that can at time verge on a sculptural scale. His most iconic device is the application of color circles over the faces of figures in the photographs, which can negate ides of identity, intention and hierarchy.