John Baldessari is known as the godfather of conceptual art. Narrated by Tom Waits, “A Brief History of John Baldessari” is the life of the artist famous for obscuring faces with a huge dot, and for burning his life’s work in a crematorium, then sat in a room writing “I will not make any more boring art” on page after page after page as he filmed the statement as art. Baldessari is one of the great artists of our time, and this short captures his life and art, and entertains us in in just under six frenzied minutes.
The film was commissioned by LACMA for their first annual "Art + Film Gala" Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the directors of controversial documentary Catfish, created the film with a tongue in cheek style, with an imagined dialogue between Baldessari and narrator Tom Waits. It’s perfect for a Sunday in Shorts.