In Still Life 2001-2010 invites you to create your own still life by arranging any or all of the 38 objects onscreen.
"When someone completes their own still life using In Still Life 2001-2010 it becomes their own artwork," says artist John Baldessari. "It's not mine. It's theirs. Still lifes are about the fleeting things in life. Each object has a symbolic meaning attached to it. My interest in still lifes goes back to beginning art courses and having to endlessly paint from them. There was always a room where the instructors stored all the props. And the one prop I hated was the cow skull, which an old instructor of mine, a Georgia O'Keeffe fan, used to always trot out. But of course the typical objects are things like the guitar, the wine bottle, the loaf of bread, which are not so interesting.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) :
John Baldessari: Pure Beauty
June 27, 2010–September 12, 2010