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Art January, 19 2011

“The Spectacular of Vernacular” at Walker Art Center

On view through May 8, 2011 The Spectacular of Vernacular at Walker Art Center explores the roll of the vernacular in the work of two dozen contemporary artists. Included are the photographs of William Eggleston and the day-glo paintings of Lari Pittman.

Focusing on pieces made since the 1970s, the exhibition shows how the vernacular, in its very ubiquity—its integration into home life, social rituals, and sense of place—is an ongoing fascination for artists. With artworks that draw from such diverse sources as local architecture, amateur photographs, and handmade domestic items, it’s suggestive of a long, meandering road trip through the emblems and eyesores of everyday culture, replete with tourist destinations and outmoded hotels.

A full catalogue is available. Select highlights are viewed after the jump.

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