John Baldessari Print Retrospective at the Palm Springs Art Museum

March 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

February 25, 2011

Joni, Sidney and John Baldessari packed up Joni’s Volvo and took off on a road trip to the Palm Springs Art Museum for the opening of JOHN BALDESSARI: A Print Retrospective from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, on view through June 26th.  The trio welcomed the sight of sunny desert weather as they arrived for a weekend of conversation and an after-hours filming at PSAM.  The exhibition is graciously on loan from noted Portland art collector Jordan D. Schnitzer, and presents a comprehensive survey of Baldessari’s printmaking, with highlights spanning four decades of Baldessari’s collaboration with prestigious print publishers across the globe, including our own Gemini workshop.  Friday evening, Joni and Sidney had the pleasure of walking the museum’s Contemporary Art Council through the exhibition, and principals from the Mixografia workshop as well as Jean Milant of Cirrus added brief comments about their own workshop’s collaborations.  Later that evening, in a packed auditorium, Baldessari participated in a spirited conversation with Schnitzer and Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego Director Hugh M. Davies.  On Saturday morning Joni and Sidney accompanied Baldessari and Schnitzer for a video-taped walk-through of the exhibition.  Sidney and Gemini Master Printer/Workshop Manager, James Reid, eventually joined in the conversation, at which time the artist recounted stories from his collaborations with Gemini, including the 28 editions that are on view.

Attending the weekend’s festivities were Sidney’s daughter, jewelry designer Suzanne Felsen, and Joni’s West Coast Director Kalyn Olson.  Also in the audience Friday night were James Reid’s wife, Liz, and Ellen Grinstein-Perliter, daughter of Gemini co-founder Stanley Grinstein, accompanied by her husband Chuck.

Photo: John Baldessari in front of Person with Guitar (Orange)

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