Conceptual artist John Baldessari is known as a kind of profound prankster. His wide--ranging, often absurdist work ---- which includes the alteration of found photographs and the creation of billboards, text--based pieces, sculptural installation, film and video ---- both amuses and confuses, often provoking delight along with deep thought. On Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m., the University of Maryland’s Art Gallery will host an opening reception for “John Baldessari; Four Short Films 1972--1973,” an exhibition celebrating the gallery’s acquisition of four seminal works.
The films, ranging from about 20 seconds to 31
2 minutes, are “Easel Painting,” “Time--Temperature,” “The Hollywood Story” and “Wine to Water to Wine.” Taken together, they poke at notions of fine vs. pop art and the artist as magician.
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