The ocean serves as a constant source of inspiration for Valadez as he finds the waters both cleansing and terrifying.
Including Low Tide, Bait, and Sea Monsters and Freight
"Cigany Himnusz", Rostas Szabina
Valadez, also a renowned muralist, demonstrates his talent for panoramic views of urban settings.
Including Holidays and Leed's Shoes
“Thembi,” Pharoah Sanders
In order to break from time spent in studios, Valadez attended Los Angeles Car Shows and was immediately inspired by the dynamics and culture of the shows.
Including Dulces, Gingerbread and Chevy Twins
“Orange Skies,” Love
Valadez returns to the allegory of his earlier narratives, but continues to show influence from European works.
Including Picnic, Pelota, and Pocho Crudo
“This Population,” Burning Spear
During a European residency spent in France, Valadez sought inspiration from the masters of the Renaissance.
Including Battle of Cultures and Fall of Babel
“God’s Lonely Man,” Bernard Herrmann
In these large pastel compositions, Valadez introduces allegory and irony into his narratives.
Including Beto’s Vacation, Savages and Glitter, and Gaviota
“Nalingaka Yo Yo Te,” Franco
Using characters from his early photograph, Valadez created pastel portraits featuring the ignored beauty found in urban life.
Including Fatima, Preacher, and Getting Them Out of the Car
“Annah,” Papa Wemba
Inspired by the visual design and context of Mexican tabloids and newspapers, Valadez recreated layouts with stories he witnessed in his community.
Including Loans, Seeing is a Blessing andBeatificado
“The Beat Generation,” Jack Kerouac over music
Valadez’s photography matured as he continued to find beauty within the people on the streets and as he transitioned from black and white to color.
Including Two Guys, Casper, andBus Stop
“Mhondoro,” Thomas Mapfumo
John Valadez found inspiration from people he encountered on the streets of East Lost Angeles during the beginnings of his photography career.
Including Abierto, Mariachi y Orquesta, andOctavio L
The Book of the Year is John Valadez’s personal journal used as a sketchbook to document the perspective of a self-proclaimed anxious Chicano young militant.
“Mhondoro,” Thomas Mapfumo
The Book of the Year is John Valadez’s personal journal used as a sketchbook to document the perspective of a self proclaimed anxious Chicano young militant.
Artist Meg Cranston discusses a few of her collaborations with Baldessari.
Mary Beebe has known Baldessari since the early 1970s. In this interview she discusses how she encouraged Baldessari to create a work that later became part of the Stuart Collection at the UCSD.
Hear MCASD’s David C. Copley Director and CEO Hugh Davies discuss John Baldessari’s early career in teaching and making art in National City.
Robert Matheny looks back on Baldessari’s days as a teacher at Southwestern College
Interview with Artist
Commentary from Robin Clark, Curator
Commentary from Hal Glicksman, Project Advisor
Commentary from Michael Auping, Contributing Author
Archival Interview with Artist
Archival Artist Commentary
Listen to a short excerpt from Larry Bell’s lecture “No Need for Patterns”
Listen to a short excerpt from Larry Bell’s lecture “Lots of Corners A Cube”
Listen to Larry Bell talk about “Colors Canvas Flicker Edges”
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