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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Stéphane Couturier, <em>Fenetre, Eastlake Greens, San Diego</em>
Stéphane Couturier, Fenetre, Eastlake Greens, San Diego

Building the American dream in the California desert.

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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