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American, 20th century, male.

Born 17 June 1931, in National City (California).

Painter, video artist, photographer. Artist’s books.

Conceptual Art.

John Baldessari lives and works in Santa Monica, California. At the end of the 1950s, he decided to abandon painting and burned his pictures. He has stated that he profoundly disagreed with art in general, and therefore decided to give people what they understood best: written language and photography....

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American, 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1931, in Pittsburgh; died 3 March 2005, in Pittsburgh.

Conceptual artist, mail artist, educator. Artists’ books.

Don Celender earned a BA in fine art from Carnegie Mellon University in 1956 and an art history PhD in 1963 from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught art for 40 years at Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota. In ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 7 August 1939, in Sharon (Pennsylvania); died 8 December 1996, in Richmond (Virginia).

Printmaker, painter, installation artist. Artists’ books.

Conceptual Art. Fluxus.

Davi Det Hompson was primarily known for making artists’ books, at a time in the 1970s when they had become a significant medium for artists in the Conceptualist tradition. Hompson studied at Anderson College in Indiana, and received an MFA in graphic design from Indiana University-Bloomington in ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1955, in New York.

Sculptor, painter, collage artist, installation artist, photographer, draughtswoman. Artists' books.

Conceptual Art.

Roni Horn studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1975 and at Yale in 1978. She lives and works in New York, where she teaches at the School of Arts, Columbia University....

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American, 20th century, male.

Active in Italy.

Born 9 September 1928, in Hartford (Connecticut); died 8 April 2007, in New York.

Painter (gouache), installation artist, sculptor, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. Artists’ books.

Conceptual Art, Minimal Art.

From 1945 to 1949 Sol LeWitt was a student at the University of Syracuse, New York. In 1951–1952 he did military service in Japan and Korea. By 1953 he was studying in New York at Cartoons Illustrators, which later became the School of Visual Arts. He worked for the magazine ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 30 March 1938, in New Jersey; died 31 March 2003, in Antwerp.

Painter, sculptor, performance artist. Artists’ books.

Conceptual Art.

After dropping out of university in 1962, Martin Maloney became an artist in New York. At first influenced by late Abstract Expressionism, he then became one of the founders of Conceptual Art and shared a studio with Lawrence Weiner. From ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1944, in Cleveland (Ohio).

Installation artist, draughtsman, mixed media. Artists’ books.

Conceptual Art.

Allen Ruppersberg lives and works in Santa Monica, California, and New York. He received his BFA from the Chouinard Institute (now CalArts) in Los Angeles in 1967...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 16 December 1937, in Omaha (Nebraska), United States.

Painter, engraver, film producer, photographer. Artists’ books.

Conceptual Art.

In 1942, the family of Edward Joseph Ruscha moved to Oklahoma City. Ruscha trained as a commercial artist at the Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts), Los Angeles, from 1956; he then settled in Los Angeles....

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American, 20th century, female.

Born 1941.

Mixed media. Artists' books.

Conceptual Art.

Karen Shaw was active in the 1970s. In 1992, she appeared in the exhibition: From Bonnard to Baselitz: A Decade of Acquisitions by the Prints Collection 1978-1988 ( De Bonnard à Baselitz: Dix Ans d'enrichissements du cabinet des estampes 1978-1988...

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American, 20th century, male.

Also active in the Netherlands.

Born 1940, in New York.

Sculptor, installation artist. Artists’ books.

Conceptual Art.

At the very beginning of his career, in New York, he produced paintings on his favourite subject—the propeller. He then developed, in a rectangular format, a pictorial reflection on the geometric figure of the rectangle, in various formats and colours. During the same period he staged works on location in the tradition of Land Art—notably craters, produced by explosions. He said: ‘I realised that I was preoccupied with the principle of explosions, whilst forgetting their characteristics’....