“Inspired by the fleeting things in life, I made my own 17th-century still life.”

In 2001 contemporary artist John Baldessari installed a computer next to Abraham van Beyeren’s 1667 painting Banquet Still Life in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Viewers were invited to remix (my term, not his) the painting by rearranging the objects in the still life.  Now in 2010, Baldessari has brought his work — called In Still Life — to the iPad and the internet.  I visited the work’s website, and here is what I came up with.  I call it Dirty Dishes Still Life.

Baldessari did a similar online work for L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art’s Digital Gallery in 2001 called Still Life: Choosing and Arranging.  But I couldn’t get that one to work.

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