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Between Artists:

by John Baldessari and Barbara Bloom


“The pose on the chair, on the paper, in the room seems like a photo shoot until you realize that it is a set-up, and that the fiction promoted is that you are in on the joke.”

—John Baldessari

“Between Artists” is an ongoing series of books edited by Alejandro Cesarco and originally published by A.R.T. Press. They are based on artist to artist conversations. The conversation format permits a thorough and at the same time informal investigation of the artists’ practice and the larger social issues that inform it. By virtue of their clarity, personal focus, affordability, and innovative method of distribution, these books make possible the presentation of contemporary artists and their work to a wide readership.

Since the first “Between Artists” books were released in 2005, they have gained a cult following, and a number of them have been out of print. Badlands Unlimited, in association with A.R.T. Press, is pleased to reissue “Between Artists” as ebooks for a new generation of readers.

A witty and elegant visual exchange around the uses and functions of chairs doubles as an excuse to address a number of the artists’ interests and working methodologies. A conversation that has developed through years of friendship, deep admiration and understanding of each other’s work, this book presents Baldessari and Bloom at the peak of their form.


ISBN: 0-923183-47-7 / 978-0-923183-47-9

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-936440-76-4

60 pages


John Baldessari

Since the mid-1950s, artist and teacher John Baldessari (American, b.1931) has been fusing photography, montage, painting, and text to create complex compositions that explore the multifaceted interpr... more

Barbara Bloom

Barbara Bloom (b. Los Angeles, 1951) is a conceptual artist. She works in a wide range of media and is most known for her installation works that have been exhibited internationally. Bloom often incor... more