Known as the Godfather of conceptual art, John Baldessari has shaped contemporary art as we know it.
Prolific as he is respected, Baldessari has taken part in over 1,000 group shows and 200 solo exhibitions throughout his career. Despite his seniority, his work retains a freshness and relevance that many younger artists struggle to match. Among those who cite him as an influence are Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, and David Salle. Unlike some of his contemporaries, he is not afraid of new media, having recently developed an iPhone app, created designs for credit cards, and made purely digital works. His open and facilitating attitude towards making and teaching art has credited him with shaping the art scene in California.