A Brief History of John Baldessari

Leave it to filmmakers, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost of Supermarche, to come up with an original way to shorten the biography of world-renowned, American artist, John Baldessari to 6 minutes. Commissioned by LACMA for their first annual “Art + Film Gala,” honoring John Baldessari and Clint Eastwood, the short documentary, written by Gabriel Nussbaum and narrated by the definitive voice of Baldessari’s dear friend Tom Waits is a refreshing take on the classic video interview. The doc captivates and informs its audience with a witty narrative, using graphics and visuals, not unfamiliar to Baldessari’s own work.

Supermarche is known best for their somewhat controversial, documentary-style feature, Catfish, about a relationship that blossoms over the internet. Good to see that they they continue to push the limits of documentary filmmaking.


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