The Pictures Generation

The Pictures Generation (1974–1984) was an art exhibition that ran for three months in 2009 at The Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) in NYC. It included works by the Pictures Generation artists, such as Barbara Kruger, Thomas Lawson, Ericka Beckman, Dara Birnbaum and Cindy Sherman, among many others.

The term “pictures generation” was assigned to a clique of American artists who blossomed artistically in the early 1970s and were quite vocal about their critique of mass media and popular culture. The majority of these artists worked in performance art, video, film, and photography, essentially producing art that leveraged similar techniques of desire and seduction.

Cindy Sherman - Untitled Film Still #43, 1979 feat

Cindy Sherman’s Untitled film stills – Her groundbreaking self portraits

Who is Cindy Sherman? Cindy Sherman was born in 1954 in New Jersey. She grew up in Long Beach, immersed in the television and film culture of the era. This period was shaped by nuclear war worries, capitalism, and the growing blitz of images selling all sorts of commercial products, including cigarettes, washing machines, bras, …

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