Richard Prince, Untitled (four single men with interchangeable backgrounds looking to the right [detail]), 1977, mixed media, 23 x 19".

New York

“The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
April 21–August 2

Curated by Douglas Eklund

The label “Pictures Generation” conjures a loosely affiliated group of New York–based artists—the likes of Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, and Cindy Sherman—who exploited the slippage between categories of art and mass media to usher in the age of appropriation. With this presentation of approximately 160 works, curator Douglas Eklund seeks to expand the movement’s historical parameters, tracing its origins to the 1970s proving grounds of Hallwalls, a nonprofit art space in Buffalo, and to the classrooms of the California Institute of the Arts. While reframing well-known artists (look for very early, Prince-like advertising collages from both David Salle and James Welling), the show will also shed new light on others (such as Paul McMahon and Michael Zwack) who never quite blasted into the art-world stratosphere.