Barbara Kruger

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A seminal volume celebrating the career of influential American artist Barbara Kruger, made in collaboration with the artist.

Bold, philosophical, radical, subversive: the art of Barbara Kruger focuses on decoding the social-psychological messages embedded in popular culture. Marrying pictures to words in a variety of media and sites, Kruger raises issues of power politics, sexuality, and representation. Borrowing slogans and phrases from the lexicon of thought, and using the ...

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Overview

A seminal volume celebrating the career of influential American artist Barbara Kruger, made in collaboration with the artist.

Bold, philosophical, radical, subversive: the art of Barbara Kruger focuses on decoding the social-psychological messages embedded in popular culture. Marrying pictures to words in a variety of media and sites, Kruger raises issues of power politics, sexuality, and representation. Borrowing slogans and phrases from the lexicon of thought, and using the potent weapon of pure graphics, Kruger’s art offers up powerfully distilled messages of word and image. This beautifully designed book is the most comprehensive volume on Kruger’s body of work to date. The book explores her work over the past thirty years, including many previously unpublished works. Aptly designed to embody a manifesto-like aesthetic, the book also presents bold spreads of the artist’s large-scale works and public projects, which confront such controversial and weighty topics as abortion, consumerism, spirituality, and identity.

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Editorial Reviews

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"One of today's most celebrated artists, Barbara Kruger, who began as a graphic designer for Condé Nast and helped pioneer a genre that liberally employs typography and advertising techniques... Among other things, Kruger is a masterly usurper and lampooner of manipulative advertising codes.  And the current book, which spans 30 years, shows just how smartly she has appropriated design and typography in many formats and media." ~New York Times Book Review

"Words are Barbara Kruger's weapons and she wields them masterfully..." ~Nylon

"This comprehensive volume, beautifully designed in close collaboration with the artist herself, explores her output over the past 30 years including many previously unpublished pieces." ~Fest21.com

"Another great book due out soon from Rizzoli New York has just arrived here, a monograph entitled Barbara Kruger, which documents the thought-provoking, Futura Bold Oblique-driven work of the world famous contemporary artist." ~Typo-Graphical

Steven Heller
…Kruger is a masterly usurper and lampooner of manipulative advertising codes. And the current book, which spans 30 years, shows just how smartly she has appropriated design and typography in many formats and media…
—The New York Times
Library Journal
Bluntly ambiguous and confrontational, Kruger's unmistakable work evokes an urgent desire to examine and get real about the complexity of human experience in the face of reductive politics and consumer culture. She is best known for images that play with the visual language of advertising: Signature red or white banners of text stamped on black-and-white photographs blast viewers with statements like "Your body is a battleground" (over the face of a woman) or "I shop therefore I am" (in a red square held like a credit card in a large hand). These and many other equally provoking works--including her early explorations pairing photographs and text, humorous sculptures, and full-room installations--make up the first comprehensive retrospective of Kruger's work, which opened last October in Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art and will travel to the Whitney in New York later this summer. This book beautifully presents her work and frames a friendly investigation of its meanings and power in a group of essays that home in on the unsettling jolt her work delivers. It is an excellent and affordable overview of the work of an important contemporary artist. Highly recommended for all libraries.--Rebecca Miller, "Library Journal" Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847833252
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Pages: 307
  • Sales rank: 652,314
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Kruger has been active in the fields of video and audio installation, photography, sculpture, architecture, and graphic design, as well as in critical writing and curatorial work. She has had numerous solo and group shows and is currently Professor of Art in the Department of Art at UCLA. Alex Alberro is Virginia Bloedel Wright Associate Professor of Art History at Barnard College. Hal Foster is Townsend Martin ‘17 Professor of Art & Archaeology and Department Chair at Princeton University. Martha Gever is a cultural critic and former editor of The Independent Film and Video Monthly. Miwon Kwon is Professor of Art History at UCLA. Carol Squiers is Curator at the International Center of Photography, New York.
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Table of Contents

The War at Home
Gary Indiana
Bring in the World
Ann Goldstein
Breaking Ground: Barbara Kruger's Spatial Practice
Rosalyn Deutsche
Barbara Kruger, Graphic Designer?
Steven Heller
"Who Laughs Last?": The Photographs of Barbara Kruger
Carol Squiers
Barbara Kruger, Gal of the People
Katherine Dieckmann
Interview with Barbara Kruger
Lynne Tillman
Director's Statement
Jeremy Strick
Acknowledgements
Ann Goldstein
EXhibition Chronology
Bibliography
Checklist of the EXhibition
Photo Credits
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