Bas Jan Ader
Bernd and Hilla Becher
Peter Fischli and David Weiss
Gilbert and George
Helio Oiticica and Neville D'Almeida
Ger Van Elk
Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982. Cutting a historical path across a wide range of art practices and movements and strategies of image appropriation, the show traces the development of conceptual uses of this medium. The exhibition encompasses photography's first glimmerings in the 1960s to its rise to art-world prominence in the work of the photo-based artists of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The show brings together more than 200 photographic works by 57 international artists.
Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982
A comet sculpted from a series of photos, an absurd fashion show constructed entirely of sausages, pictures of other famous pictures, a whip made out of passport photos of an artist making faces - what makes these photographic presentations works of art? How is the unique gesture of the artist communicated through the mechanical practice of photography? How have artists transformed our understanding of photography through their experimental uses of the medium? These are some of the questions explored in the exhibition.
While artists today feel just as comfortable picking up a camera as they do a paintbrush, this has not always been the case. How did photography become an increasingly popular medium of choice by artists of all generations regardless of their primary form of expression? Focusing on a roughly 20-year period of history, The Last Picture Show attempts to answer this question by bringing together more than 200 photographic works by 57 international artists. Each artist took up the camera as a tool in pursuit of a diverse range of artistic experiments that provocatively intersected with the realms of sculpture, painting, and performance.
Cutting a historical path across a wide range of art practices and movements such as Conceptual Art, Minimalism, Arte Povera, and strategies of image appropriation, The Last Picture Show traces the development of conceptual uses of this medium. The exhibition encompasses photography's first glimmerings in the 1960s in the work of artists such as Bernd and Hilla Becher, Bruce Nauman, and Edward Ruscha to its rise to art-world prominence in the work of the photo-based artists of the late 1970s and early 1980s, including Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, and Cindy Sherman.
The scope of their subjects is diverse and each of the artists in the exhibition has used the camera to frame critical explorations of a range of issues. These include the tradition of self-portraiture, the body, landscape, the architecture of the built environment, photography's relationship to painting and sculpture, the intersection of language and vision, and the impact of advertising and mass media.
The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982 is organized by Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and is made possible by generous support from Karen and Ken Heitoff, La Coleccion Jumex, Matthew O. Fitzmaurice, Carol and Judson Bennis, Jr., and Harry M. Drake.
Miami Art Central's presentation of this exhibition is sponsored by the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation.
The artists featured in The Last Picture Show are: Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Giovanni Anselmo, Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Mel Bochner, Christian Boltanski, Marcel Broodthaers, Victor Burgin, Sarah Charlesworth, Bruce Conner, Jan Dibbets, Valie Export, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Gilbert and George, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Douglas Huebler, Yves Klein, Imi Knoebel, Silvia Kolbowski, Barbara Kruger, David Lamelas, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Gordon Matta-Clark, Ana Mendieta, Nasreen Mohamedi, Bruce Nauman, HÃ©lio Oiticica and Neville D'Almeida, Dennis Oppenheim, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Adrian Piper, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Charles Ray, Martha Rosler, Allen Ruppersberg, Edward Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Robert Smithson, Ger Van Elk, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, James Welling, and Hannah Wilke.
Wednesday, March 16 7:00 - 8:00 pm
A Conversation with Miami Photography Collector Dennis Scholl
Thursday, March 31 7:00 - 8:45 pm
A two-session course on the history of photography
Part 1: This is not a pipe - How artists have used photography
Prof. William Maguire, FIU
Thursday, April 7 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Part 2: This is a pipe - Photography as photography
Prof. William Maguire, FIU
Sunday, April 24 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Gallery talk and workshop for children and their families
Thursday, May 5 7:30 - 8:30 pm
The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982
Douglas Fogle, Exhibition Curator, Walker Art Center
Sunday, May 15 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Friday, May 20 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Why Artists Love (and Hate) Photography
Christopher Phillips, Curator, International Center of Photography
Sunday, June 5 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Miami Art Central
5960 SW 57 Avenue