Solving Each Problem as It Arises Artist: John Baldessari (American, 1931–2020)


Modern and Contemporary Art

Not on view

This work is one of a small group of text and photo-text paintings on canvas that John Baldessari commissioned from a sign painter in 1967. His decision to use text in this work, not as decoration but as information, reflected his commitment to infuse reality into high art through didactic, confessional image making. Although the works in this series were drawn from textbooks, course lessons, and popular culture, Baldessari presented them on canvas to locate them within the context of painting. This work builds on the conceptual foundation of artists like Marcel Duchamp, who questioned the value of aesthetics and methods of production in high art.


Acrylic on canvas


67 3/4 × 56 1/2 in. (172.1 × 143.5 cm)

Credit Line

Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund

Accession Number



20th century


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Sold from his first New York exhibition at the Richard Feigen Gallery, 1970
  • Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 312, pl. 297
  • "Acquisitions 2001," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2002), 143, ill
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Object/Work type

words, numbers, symbols art (visual works)



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