John Baldessari

I will not make any more boring art

1971
A seminal figure in the rise of Conceptual or idea-based art practices in the late 1960s, John Baldessari has long inflected humour into a broader contemplation of how language, image and form construct meaning in a work of art. Baldessari created this print in collaboration with the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) and its influential Lithography Workshop, which was established in 1969 to engage students and faculty in a dialogue with important American and European artists of the day. The phrase stems from a 1971 exhibition at the school's Mezzanine Gallery in which Baldessari sent a letter to NSCAD instructing students to write this directive on the gallery walls, thereby creating a light-hearted commentary on the otherwise serious and analytical pursuits of conceptualism and idea-based art.
Title
I will not make any more boring art
Date
1971
Medium
Print
Materials
lithograph on wove paper
Dimensions
57.1 x 76.4 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 2007
Accession number
42115