The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984

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By Douglas Eklund

The Pictures Generation is representational of a loosely knit group of artists working in New York from the mid-70s to the mid-80s, which included Robert Longo, Richard Prince, David Salle, and Cindy Sherman to name a few. Collectively, they focused on the concept of imagery itself—how pictures not only depict but also shape perceptions of ourselves and the world. At this time, mass media and consumer culture was immersing itself into society, and the Pictures Generation sought to address the rhetorical and psychological functions of the image across all media (photography, painting and sculpture, drawings and prints, film and video, and music and performance). Eklund's The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984 delves into the achievements of these artists as a whole and how they made an impact on contemporary art.

By Douglas Eklund

The Pictures Generation is representational of a loosely knit group of artists working in New York from the mid-70s to the mid-80s, which included Robert Longo, Richard Prince, David Salle, and Cindy Sherman to name a few. Collectively, they focused on the concept of imagery itself—how pictures not only depict but also shape perceptions of ourselves and the world. At this time, mass media and consumer culture was immersing itself into society, and the Pictures Generation sought to address the rhetorical and psychological functions of the image across all media (photography, painting and sculpture, drawings and prints, film and video, and music and performance). Eklund's The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984 delves into the achievements of these artists as a whole...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Illustrations: 333 (286 in full color and 47 in black-and-white)
  • Binding: Clothbound
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seems Definitive I did not see the exhibition, but having read this catalog I feel like I did see it, and then some. The period (late 70s/early 80s) is important and rather neglected. The author brings it all back and astutely avoids oversimplifying. It is a scholarly text that I'll happily reread at some point. Of course, the pleasures of an art book include pictures. This book satisfies in that regard too. The Met Museum has never had a reputation of being strong in recent art but The Pictures Generation must have been a fascinating exhibition. I do recommend the catalog.
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gave as a gift As a gift to a photographer friend, who was thrilled to get it.
Date published: 2014-01-23
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