John Baldessari sculpture - Giacometti Variations


Giacometti Variations, 2010
bronze, resin, stainless steel, and mixed media
186 x 26 x 25 inches (472 x 66 x 64 cm) each
series of 9
John Baldessari conceived the Giacometti Variations for curator Germano Celant and the Fondazione Prada Milano as a site-specific installation of nine sculptures for its exhibition space. The fifteen-foot-tall figures, inspired by Alberto Giacometti’s attenuated forms and evocative as well of Edgar Degas’s tutu-clad ballerinas, were adorned with clothing and accoutrements designed by the artist and produced on site by the Prada design team.
John Baldessari: Giacometti Variations, Fondazione Prada, Milan, 2010

Watch an Italian television walkthrough of the Fondazione Prada installation

About the Artist
John Baldessari (b. 1931, National City, CA) attended San Diego State University and did post-graduate work at Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA from 1970 - 1988 and the University of California at Los Angeles from 1996 - 2007.

Baldessari's artwork has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions and in over 1000 group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. His practice also includes artist books, videos, films, billboards and public works. Recent projects include the traveling career retrospective John Baldessari: Pure Beauty (2009-2011), and release of the John Baldessari Catalogue RaisonnéVolumes 1-3, with Yale University Press.