The Picture Generation @ The Met

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Just in time for the Younger Than Jesus comparison The Met comes up with this large and interesting survey of the first appropriation artists born in the 40’s and 50’s. There is a lot of familiar work, Richard Prince just had a show at the Guggenheim, and Cindy Sherman is everywhere; appropriately, no pun intended! The Times loved this show, but I can’t muster love, but a strong like is in order. The New Museum show is all young artists now and the Met show captures their group at a similar age. Aside from being a good show The Met is making a contemporary statement as the first show under the new director and a stab at  younger patrons that all museums will be trying to attract.

David Salle makes a strong showing and it was interesting that the Whitney’s pal; Dara Birmbaum’s Wonder Woman is there too. James Wellig’s travel posters Barbara Kruger and Sherry Levine and many artists that we’ve not thought about in a long time. Here is the list
John Baldessari, Ericka Beckman, Dara Birnbaum, Barbara Bloom, Eric Bogosian, Glenn Branca, Troy Brauntuch, James Casebere, Sarah Charlesworth, Rhys Chatham, Charles Clough, Nancy Dwyer, Jack Goldstein, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Thomas Lawson, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Allan McCollum, Paul McMahon, MICA-TV (Carole Ann Klonarides & Michael Owen), Matt Mullican, Richard Prince, David Salle, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Michael Smith, James Welling, and Michael Zwack.

Even the reception showed some new thinking. A jazzy group on the balcony and better snacks and a trending younger crowd  was also a big hit.

Keep it it up Met, we need you!!!!


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