The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography 1960-1982 / Edition 1

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In 1976 critic Nancy Foote wrote that "for every photographer who clamors to make it as an artist, there is an artist running a grave risk of turning into a photographer." Traversing the fine line between artists who are photographers and artists who use photography, The Last Picture Show traces the development of Conceptual trends in postwar photographic practice from their first glimmerings in the 1960s in the work of artists such as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Bruce Nauman, and Edward Ruscha to their rise to art world prominence in the work of the Picture Theory artists of the late 1970s and early 1980s, including Silvia Kolbowski, Richard Prince, and Cindy Sherman. Intended 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 by Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Gilbert & George, Yves Klein, Barbara Kruger, Gordon Matta-Clark, Charles Ray, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, and others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935640762
  • Publisher: Walker Art Center
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Acknowledgments 7
The Last Picture Show 9
Artists and Photographs 20
"I'm Not Really a Photographer" 22
The Anti-Photographers 24
"Marks of Indifference": Aspects of Photography in, or as, Conceptual Art 32
Vito Acconci 45
Bas Jan Ader 47
Giovanni Anselmo 50
Eleanor Antin 52
John Baldessari 54
Bernd and Hilla Becher 58
Joseph Beuys 61
Mel Bochner 64
Christian Boltanski 67
Marcel Broodthaers 70
Victor Burgin 72
Sarah Charlesworth 74
Bruce Conner 78
Jan Dibbets 80
Valie Export 82
Alternative Pictures: Conceptual Art and the Artistic Emancipation of Photography in Europe 86
Photographs of Motion 97
The Weight of Time 99
Art through the Camera's Eye 105
Misunderstandings (A Theory of Photography) 107
The Adventures of the Picture Form in the History of Photography 113
Hans-Peter Feldmann 129
Peter Fischli and David Weiss 131
Gilbert & George 136
Dan Graham 138
Hans Haacke 143
Douglas Huebler 146
Yves Klein 148
Imi Knoebel 149
Silvia Kolbowski 153
Jeff Koons 155
Barbara Kruger 156
David Lamelas 158
Louise Lawler 160
Sherrie Levine 163
Sol LeWitt 168
Richard Long 174
Cancellation 177
Notes on My Photographs, 1969-1970 183
Notebook Excerpts, 1969 184
The Austerlitz Effect: Architecture, Time, Photoconceptualism 185
My Files of Movie Stills 195
Disposable Matter: Photoconceptual Magazine Work of the 1960s 196
The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism 204
Gordon Matta-Clark 208
Ana Mendieta 211
Mario Merz 212
Nasreen Mohamedi 214
Bruce Nauman 218
Helio Oiticica and Neville d'Almeida 226
Dennis Oppenheim 228
Giulio Paolini 230
Giuseppe Penone 232
Adrian Piper 234
Sigmar Polke 238
Richard Prince 240
Statement 244
Incorrect 245
The 8-Track Photograph 246
The Velvet Well 248
Without Walls 249
Glossolalia 259
The Latest Picture 262
Charles Ray 267
Martha Rosler 272
Allen Ruppersberg 274
Edward Ruscha 278
Cindy Sherman 284
Laurie Simmons 290
Robert Smithson 294
Ger Van Elk 298
Jeff Wall 301
Andy Warhol 302
Robert Watts 310
William Wegman 312
James Welling 317
Hannah Wilke 321
Exhibition Checklist 322
Index 330
Lenders to the Exhibition 333
Reproduction Credits 334
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