John Baldessari, born 1931 in National City, California, is known as the father of conceptual art and arguably ranks among the world's most renowned living artists. Actually, one might also call him the godfather of conceptual art. He has been a mentor to such artists as Rita McBride, Mike Kelley, David Salle and also Matt Mullican, and is much admired as a teacher.
In his most recent series of 13 large-format works on view at Mai 36 Galerie in Zürich, the artist has returned to the combination of text and image. He has torn out, enlarged and rearranged pictures from newspapers, adding names of dishes typical of today's haute cuisine. An unmistakable political flavour resonates in the absurd combination of excellent food – now an omnipresent subject in newspapers and especially TV shows – with photographs supposedly casually torn out of newspapers and the artist‘s familiar use of strong colours covering parts of pictures or entire surfaces.