Baldessari’s Beaut Of An Exhibition

baldessari_08.LHe’s the high priest of contemporary art with a retrospective at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art called “Pure Beauty.” But don’t expect John Baldessari (his 1971 work “Hands Framing New York Harbor” is pictured) to go defining beauty. “It’s a fairly elusive question,” he said recently. “It’s such an ambiguous term.” Elusive questions are at the heart of the show opening Wednesday, the first ever staged for Baldessari at the Met and the first major US exhibition for the California-born artist in two decades.

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