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Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018

Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018 is a major project exploring the rich history of mechanically-reproduced imagery from the 19th century to the present. It is organised by visual artist and theorist Walead Beshty.

The exhibition features over 300 artworks and objects, and includes photography, time-based media, painting and drawing, video, collage, room-size installations. A substantial collection of books and magazines— culled from Beshty’s extensive personal archives and various public collections and spanning a visual history of over 150 years—weaves throughout the exhibition. It reinforces the themes of the show.
The project is further supported by a parallel rotating program of screenings of film-and video-based artworks.

The exhibition is accompanied by an exclusive audio guide developed by ARTimbarc and Luma, in close collaboration with the curator Walead Beshty.

Discover the exhibition catalogue

Videos: Walead Beshty presents Picture Industry