This was an unofficial group of artists who emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s in New York City. Though diverse in their approaches and subject matter, they were united by a common interest in using the tools of mass media to critique it, questioning notions of authorship, originality, and identity as a fixed entity. The group takes its name from an exhibition titled Pictures, organized by Douglas Crimp at Artists Space in New York in 1977. Although many artists associated with the Pictures Generation used photography, they also worked in performance, installation, film, and video in order to appropriate and critique images.


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