One of the most influential artists of the last 50 years, John Baldessari was integral to both the conceptual art movement of the 1960s and to appropriation art. With an interest in exploring the language of visual culture and the relationship between image and text, some of Baldessari’s work from the 1970s and 1980s deconstruct cinematic language while others playfully reference the genres of performance art and minimalist art through the use of repetitive gestures with an absurdist edge. Pictured above: John Baldessari’s ‘Thirteen Colorful Inside Jobs’. In this work a painter changes the wall colour in one room for the duration of the exhibition, carefully following the instructions of the artist. Originally performed in 1977. See it here.