Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (of Catfish fame) received a special request from John Baldessari, the subject of their new short, on who should narrate the 6-minute documentary: Tom Waits. “He’s got a great voice,” says the conceptual artist and star of A Brief History of John Baldessari. What follows is a witty, well-paced and inspiring highlight reel of Baldessari’s career, complete with his list of 3 things every young artist should know:
1) Talent is cheap.
2) You have to be possessed, which you can’t will.
3) Being at the right place at the right time.
In keeping with Baldessari’s own 1971 mantra, this film is intriguing throughout—the complete opposite of boring art. Check it out below.