Watch this: A Brief History of John Baldessari, narrated by Tom Waits



What's the best film we've seen so far this month? (And we've seen a bunch because it's summer movie season, after all.) A Brief History of John Baldessari, which stuffs the life and work of "the godfather of conceptual art" into a fitting six-minute whirlwind of words, images, and Tom Waits. Commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and released on YouTube this week, the film gets to the essence of a man who "cremated" everything he'd ever made in 1970 and still has the ashes in a book-shaped bronze urn. Trust us, there's no better way to start your Thursday:

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