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The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography 1960 – 1982


The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography 1960 – 1982
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
Jeff Koons
Barbara Kruger

David Lamelas
Louise Lawler
Sherrie Levine
Sol Lewitt
Richard Long
Gordon Matta-Clark
Ana Mendieta
Mario Merz
Nasreen Mohamedi
Bruce Nauman
Hé Lio Oiticia 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
Jeff Wall
Andy Warhol
Robert Watts
William Wegman
James Welling
Hannah Wilke
Walker Art Center


335 pages
211×260 mm
ISBN: Not available


This catalogue documents the Walker Art Center’s exhibition ‘The Last Picture Show’, which surveys artists’ alternative uses of photography from the 1960s to the early 1980s. During this time artists were redefining their relationship to the camera and to the media through explorations that were often published in art magazines and self-published journals of the time. Taking its cue from these types of publications, the book’s extensive essays are reproduced with alternating sections of artists’ work. The book is a compendium of essays, artists’ writings from the period, and images bound together as to resemble a bound library periodical. Signaling the proliferation of images many of the artists reference in their works, the edition has six different covers. Each image is simply a page taken from the artists section and tipped-on to the cover. Each represents a different range of the work in the exhibition.

Walker Arts Center features contemporary visual and performing art exhibits and programs, and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.