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Detail of Beach Towel © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London
Detail of Beach Towel © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London
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Own a John Baldessari from just £1 at London Pop-up Shop

Picture of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 28 February 2017
To coincide with the celebrated American artist’s exhibition Miro and Life in General at Marian Goodman gallery, for one week only Londoners will be able to get their hands on a selection of editions and products at a special John Baldessari pop-up shop.

With prices starting at £1, the shop will stock an array of limited edition prints, mugs, posters, t-shirts, sunglasses, books, and other ephemera. With so much to choose from, we’ve highlighted some of the must-have pieces that are worth investing in.

Tote bag © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London
Tote bag | © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London

Some pieces have been exclusively made for the pop-up shop, like the limited edition Reliable tote bag that includes a work from Baldessari’s show that pairs paintings by Miró with incongruous film stills. The other custom-made item is an umbrella that features a cloudscape on the interior with the bizarre addition of a cutout nose.

Umbrella © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London
Umbrella | © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London

After famously burning all of his early work in the Cremation Project in 1970, Baldessari started to employ the language of contemporary art theory with appropriated imagery. Instead of using the rubber which is wittingly emblazoned with WRONG, we suggest making a perspex box and keeping this seemingly throwaway product as a work of art in its own right.

Rubber © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London
Rubber | © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London

Alternatively, we suggest you drink your daily tea or coffee from the mug that is covered in the repeating mantra: ‘I will not make any more boring art.’ Taken from Baldessari’s famous work that was written directly on the gallery walls by students at Nova Scotia College of Art in Design in the artist’s absence, it elicits the power of language and the limitations at the time of traditional painting practice.

Mug © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London
Mug | © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London

If you have the wall space, hang the beach towel (below) like a tapestry instead of drying yourself down with it. Taken from his Umbrella (Orange): With Figure and Ball (Blue, Green) three-dimensional digital archive print in the Guggenheim collection, it brilliantly illustrates Baldessari’s works from the 1980s when he started to conceal faces with brightly-coloured dots in an effort to flattened the image and remove the individuality of the subject.

Beach Towel © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London
Beach Towel | © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London

If you want to discover more about this important and engaging artist, then you also have the chance to purchase the first three volumes of Baldessari’s Catalogue Raisonné, which would make the ideal addition to anyone’s bookcase or indeed the perfect gift.

Raised Eyebrows Furrowed Foreheads book © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London
Raised Eyebrows Furrowed Foreheads book | © John Baldessari. Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery London

John Baldessari pop-up shop is at Marian Goodman Gallery, 5-8 Lower John Street, London, W1F 9DY from February 18 to February 25 2017 (Tue-Sat 10am-6pm).

Miro and Life in General runs until February 25 2017.