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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Theaster Gates on collecting
Theaster Gates on collecting

Theaster Gates reflects on the various collections he has acquired and created artworks with, including the Jet magazine archives and the inventory of an entire hardware store

Meriem Bennani’s Exploded Visions
Meriem Bennani’s Exploded Visions

Can art be funny and serious at the same time? Using social media-inspired effects, artist Meriem Bennani subverts audience expectations of both pop culture and her own Muslim community with unexpected playfulness and pathos.

An interview with Jamian Juliano-Villani
An interview with Jamian Juliano-Villani

Contemporary painter Jamian Juliano-Villani talks about the pressure of being an emerging artist in New York and finds inspiration at Ripley's Believe It or Not!

An interview with Fred Wilson about the conventions of museums and race
An interview with Fred Wilson about the conventions of museums and race

Artist Fred Wilson talks about the conventions of the museum and how he used them in his art to disrupt the inherent biases and traditional understandings that museums and its patrons have had

An interview with Kerry James Marshall about his series <em>Mementos</em>
An interview with Kerry James Marshall about his series Mementos

Artist Kerry James Marshall explains his series Mementos inspired by his memory of 1960s-era souvenirs.

Nari Ward, We the People (black version)
Nari Ward, We the People (black version)

“We the People...” Thus begins the Preamble to the United States Constitution.

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, <em>Ponds and Streams</em>
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.

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