The Pictures Generation 1974-1984


This exhibition opens tomorrow at the MET and features John Baldessari, Jack Goldstein, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Thomas Lawson, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Allan McCollum, Paul McMahon, Richard Prince, David Salle, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons and many others.

This generation of artists was born with the ideals of the counter culture but grew up in a consumption society and thus was submersed in a sea of pictures. Their works based on images translate acurately how this confusion affectes identity. They referred to thinkers as Roland Barthes who thought that identity was mainly shaped by social constructions of gender, race, sexuality and citizenship and was embedded within society’s institutions through the multi-expressions of the mass media. Therefore, images are one of the most popular.

I went to the opening and I have to say mission accomplished. Thanks to the choice of the art and its lay out, The Pictures Generation 1974-1984 shows how far we went in losing ourselves in images.


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