Acclaimed Conceptual artist John Baldessari dies at 88

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JOHN ROGERS Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Baldessari, who pioneered a new genre of art in the 1970s and in the process helped elevate Los Angeles' status in the art world from that of back-water berg to a center of the Conceptual movement, has died at age 88. Baldessari died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, the artist's representatives at New York's Marian Goodman Gallery confirmed Monday. "It is with immense sadness that I write to let you know of the death of the intelligent, loving and incomparable John Baldessari," Goodman said in a statement. "The loss to his family, his fellow artists, his studio staff, friends and devoted former students is beyond measure." A giant in the world of art both literally and figuratively — he stood 6-feet-7-inches tall — the be
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