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WATCH Ends & Exits @LACMA

Interesting clip about the current Ends & Exits at LACMA which is on view through August 4th so hurry up and see it soon before is closes! As a big fan of 80s art (and music), I love how Ends & Exits shows off the best examples of each artists most notorious and celebrated bodies of work.  Curator Franklin Sirmans keys in on the ‘death of painting’ art criticism of the late 70s by featuring our favorite appropriation artist: Sherry Levine, text artists: Jenny Holtzer and Barbara Kruger and the man who is at fault for all the 1980s: Robert Longo.

WATCH: Curator Franklin Sirmans and critic Thomas Lawson talk about art in the 1980s and the history behind the exhibition at LACMA.

“This selection of works from the Broad and LACMA collections draws on the strengths of both to reflect directions in contemporary art that emerged in the 1980s. The seeds of what would come to be known as the Pictures Generation began here in Los Angeles at CalArts where conceptual artist John Baldessari helped shape the careers of many artists, such as Troy Brauntuch, Matt Mullican, Jack Goldstein and David Salle. Curators, writers, and critics of the era grappled with an emerging sense that pictures rather than paintings were of importance in our postmodern world, subjecting the traditions of painting and image-making to scrutiny in response to an emerging media landscape and other seismic cultural shifts.

The exhibition devotes a single room to the work of Meyer Vaisman. Another room focuses on Sherrie Levine, whose work with appropriation impacted many artists since. The concept of the ready-made, at the heart of Levine’s practice, is also explored in works by Hans Haacke, Haim Steinbach and Allan McCollum.  Robert Longo is represented here by two monumental works, while Laurie Anderson and Bill T. Jones are represented by videos documenting their performances at The Kitchen. Standout pieces by Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger and Adrian Piper all use text and language as a poetic and political device. Pieces by Leon Golub, Sarah Charlesworth, Louise Lawler, Robert Gober, David Hammons, Cady Noland and Lorraine O’Grady are also included.” via LACMA

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