The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982
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Exhibition: 8 Feb – 9 May 2004
UCLA Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
CA 90024-4201 Los Angeles
Tue-Fri 11-19, Thu 11-21, Sun 11-17
The Last Picture Show features approximately 100 photographs by more than 40 artists, and traces the development of conceptual trends in postwar photographic practice from its first glimmerings in the 1960s in the work of artists such as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Ed Ruscha, and Bruce Nauman to its rise to art world prominence in the work of the Picture Theory artists of the late 1970s and early 1980s, including Sylvia Kolbowski, Richard Prince, and Cindy Sherman. As a major genealogy of the rise of a still-powerful and evolving photographic practice by artists, the exhibition includes a wide array of works examining a range of issues. The medium of photography has become a pervasive, primary means of contemporary artistic expression. The Last Picture Show examines this legacy and its descendants in today’s new generation of photographers. The exhibition was organized by Douglas Fogle, associate curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. The Hammer Museum is its second venue following its debut at the Walker Art Center this fall. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.