The Pictures Generation

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The Pictures Generation was both the name of an exhibition at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art (April 29 - August 2, 2009) and the first formal labeling of a group of artists exhibited around their appropriation of images from the consumer culture in which they grew up and developed their respective crafts.[1] The exhibition, curated by Douglas Eklund in his museum debut, featured prominent art stars from the 1980s, such as Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Robert Longo, David Salle, Richard Prince, Jack Goldstein and Sherrie Levine, as well as artistic predecessors such as John Baldessari, and artists who emerged with them in the New York art world such as Troy Brauntuch and Michael Zwack. The exhibiting artists emerged largely from two sources: the diaspora of Cal Arts and the founders of the Hallwalls non-profit gallery in Buffalo, New York. An accompanying catalogue was published by Yale University Press.

Inevitably, as time has gone on and the label has remained, writers have argued that other artists not included in the exhibition, such as Eric Fischl and Julian Schnabel, were also a part of this group, the latter of whom Norman Rosenthal, the curator of Schnabel's 2011 retrospective at the Museo Correr in Venice, described as "a leader and an outsider of the so-called Pictures Generation".

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