Banality and kitsch

Artists deploy mass-produced images to critique the impact of consumer culture and Modernism's disengagement with the everyday world.

1980 - now

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Thiebaud, Ponds and Streams
Thiebaud, Ponds and Streams

Can the commonplace working farmland of California's Sacramento River Valley be a place of of breathtaking beauty?

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, <em>Trade (Gifts for Trading Land with White People)</em>
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Trade (Gifts for Trading Land with White People)

Smith created this in 1992, responding to the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in North America.

Michel Tuffery, <em>Pisupo Lua Afe (Corned Beef 2000)</em>
Michel Tuffery, Pisupo Lua Afe (Corned Beef 2000)

Tuffery’s iconic “tinned bull” addresses contemporary concerns about ecological health and food sovereignty

Damien Hirst, <em>The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living</em>
Damien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

Though this looks like an exhibit in a natural history museum, Hirst’s subject comes straight from art history.

Jeff Wall, <em>A View from an Apartment</em>
Jeff Wall, A View from an Apartment

At first glance this may seem to be an uncomposed snapshot of modern life. Think again.

Jeff Koons, <em>Pink Panther</em>
Jeff Koons, Pink Panther

Koons’ cartoonish life-size emblems of childhood innocence are an assault upon both sincerity and taste.

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