Ericka Beckman and Pat O'Neill, Objects of Desire


Ericka Beckman and Pat O'Neill are included in LACMA's current exhibition Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising which is on display until December 18, 2022. 


Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising traces the artistic manipulation of advertising, the most powerful, mainstream visual language. Since the 1970s, creative innovations led to dramatic shifts in the possibilities for photography as artistic expression, as photo-based artists reworked advertising strategies to challenge the increased commodification of daily life, and later to appropriate the command these images have over the viewer/consumer. By exploiting advertising’s visual vocabulary and adopting its sites and formats, and through re-photography, appropriation, and simulation, artists create a shared photographic language that puts the onus on the viewer to determine what exactly these pictures are asking of us.


November 23, 2022
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