John Baldessari: SIX COLORFUL INSIDE JOBS, 1977


invitation / announcement, poster
Los Angeles, United States
The Foundation for Art Resources, Inc.


Los Angeles: The Foundation for Art Resources, Inc., 1977 (10), 41,8×28,5 cm [full spread]. Poster / announcement for a 5 day performance which would be filmed and then screened along with another Baldessari film project, SCRIPT. This was the first project by The Foundation for Art Resources, Inc. a joint effort between gallerists Morgan Thomas, Connie Lewallen, and Claire Copley. According to the printed blurb “You can observe a worker painting a room the six consecutive colors of the color wheel, one color each evening. A ceiling-mounted movie camera will record this procedure. The resulting film, a time-lapse, condensed version of that process, will be screened together with another new film by Baldessari, SCRIPT, on October 29, 4:00 pm.”  Carefully stapled are two photocopies, one featuring a review for the double screening by Kevin Thomas for L.A. Times and another one reviewing the project by Susan Larson for ARTnews.

This is John Baldessari. My father was a landlord and I kept his rentals up painting them, and I used to occupy my mind as I was painting the wall just by saying to myself, now I’m painting a wall, now I’m making a painting. And it would just be a conceptual exercise. The physical activity was the same, I was just calling it differently each time. So I began to think about, well, what separated one from the other? Why was one different?
In Six Colorful Inside Jobs I would have an actual room, and have a person come in and paint the four walls. It starts out with a white room. He comes in… and he paints it red, and then the next day he paints it orange, the next day yellow, next day green, the next day blue, and the last day violet. And it was being filmed above head, the whole process. A bird’s eye view. It usually took him about three to four hours to paint all the four walls, and then those four hours would be, in the film, compressed to about five minutes. And the title, Six Colorful Inside Jobs, it’s just a pun, you know, in crime when we say, an inside job, but in this instance I was altering the idea of it, there’s six… primary and secondary colors and six, you’re going into the days of the week …. And then the seventh day one would rest, you know, in the Biblical sense. (Laughs)
[John Baldessari]

condition: Poster machine folded twice for mailing as issued, residue of small circular sticker verso to keep the poster from unfolding while in the mail. In clean, excellent overall condition.