Brutus Killed Caesar is a wide but thin, spiral-bound book by John Baldessari, in which the prolific conceptual artist continues his study of found photography and appropriated imagery. On each page are three black and white images: the end two are square and each depicts the profile of a politician; they face each other but are separated by the rectangular image in the middle. Page after page this middle image is replaced by a new shot of an object, starting with a knife, followed by a gun, a rope, a plank of wood, and a chain. Slowly, these shift from murder tools to more humorous, or everyday, objects, including a banana peel, a dying spider plant, and a clothespin. Each is centered and shot against a simple, nondescript background, creating the clean, minimal layout Baldessari is widely known for.
John Baldessari, “Brutus Killed Caesar,” Plataforma de Pesquisas - A Casa Tombada, acesso em 12 de agosto de 2022, http://plataformapesquisas.acasatombada.com.br/items/show/1457.
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