John Baldessari: An Artist in a Class by Himself

An Appraisal His visual style derives from a corner of life that we never even knew had a style - that is, the classroom. John Baldessari in his studio in Venice, Calif., in 2016. Credit... Monica Almeida/The New York Times It is hard to think of another artist who was more beloved than John Baldessari, who died Thursday at 88.