1970: John Baldessari burns everything he ever made in a crematorium.

1971: John Baldessari releases a 13-minute video of him writing the sentence “I will not make any more boring art.”

Skip forward. John Baldessari’s art has been featured in over 200 exhibitions globally. He is known as the guy who put dots over peoples’ faces.  He carries nothing in his pockets. His life gets narrated by fellow un-aging Californian eccentric, Tom Waits. How appropriate. Get your raspy knowledge.

A Brief History of Tom Baldessari” was commissioned for LACMA’s “Art + Film Gala.”

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