I have done my daily painting this week, but I haven’t photographed them yet. May this photo of John Baldessari serve as consolation until the sun comes out so that I can reproduce my new seven paintings.
I appreciate John Baldessari. He’s certainly pushed the envelope, perhaps not on the direction I would have pushed it, but nevertheless I can say that his art has been a contribution to me. He had an exhibit at LACMA titled Pure Beauty; I wondered if he was referring to himself. So I tried to capture his beauty in this photographs. If you missed his exhibit, you can always buy the Pure Beauty book. Or a Pure Beauty bar of soap (only $15). Or other Baldessari parafernalia from the LACMA shop. If you’re not into buying expensive soap, but you like art, and photography, you can always visit LACMA. They always have wonderful exhibits.
I photographed Baldessari with LACMA director, Michael Govan, who I once interviewed for a magnificent story published in Art Press France (both in English and French): “The Architect, the Museum Director and the Billionaire.” I interviewed Govan once again for a story on Surrealist Women.
I like Govan. It’s always fun to talk to him. Or to take photos of him, taking photos of John Baldessari:
Funny thing, just like Baldessari, I’m also a photographer and painter… It’s just that Govan hasn’t chosen to put my art in his museum just yet. If you can’t make it to LACMA, you can always contact me to schedule an Isaac Hernández studio tour.