Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Pictures Generation Met. Through August 2ND

This is one of the most impressive exhibits to see in the Metropolitan Museum of Art this summer. Running till August 2ND there is lots of time to plan a trip to the park and then the Met. Remember that this museum a "suggested donation" and open late on Fridays. This show focuses on media's influence on young artists from 1974 to 1984. Some of the lesser-known artists shine but most patrons will recognize early works from bigger names like Cindy Sherman, David Salle, sand Richard Prince. This was a time in our history when print media was king, television was reinventing its self and radio was at its peak. This was the precursor to the lives we all live now where all media is thrown at us at alarming speeds. The art makes us realize how these ads and commercials, stick in our heads and change how we live, see ourselves, and what we buy. With a Pop Art influence but not copied, lots of peaces use blown up or distorted magazine images. Others show how moving pictures relate to printed ones. All in all a very provocative exhibit that one will want to go discuss over a late dinner on the East Side.

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