Los Angeles: 1987. Item #5187
Los Angeles, CA. June 1987. 24 x 30 in. Offset lithograph. Image by John Baldessari with type by Kim Spurlock.
New Order hired conceptual artist and California native John Baldessari to design this poster promoting two of the band' s five California performances in their 1987 tour. One of the most prolific and well-known conceptual artists of the 20th century, Baldessari is known for, among other things, appropriating found images and effacing them to recontexualize their narrative content. The imagery on this poster is part of a prevailing motif in Baldessari’s work that began in the mid -1980s in which he covered the faces on painted or photographed portraits with circular adhesive colored dots.