The Pictures Generation


A group of artists that emerged in the 1970s and ’80s whose works were united by the appropriation of images from mass media. Plucking images from television, film, and advertising, these artists produced work in a wide range of styles, including photography, film, video, and performance. The 1977 exhibition "Pictures" at Artists Space in New York, curated by Douglas Crimp, as well as Crimp’s associated essay, were seminal in defining the movement.