Barbara Kruger - New Now New York Tuesday, March 2, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Creative Time, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2012

  • Exhibited

    Sharon, The Granary, The Distaff Side, April 21, 2013–December 31, 2014, pp. 23, 68, 218, 222 (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Tulsa Kinney, “Giving is Sexy”, Artillery Magazine, September 7, 2016, online (another example illustrated)
    Tanja M. Laden, “Artists Band Together to Protect Women’s Healthcare Rights”, Vice, September 9, 2016, online (another example illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Barbara Kruger

    Cool yet critical, Barbara Kruger’s advertising-influenced conceptual works address and challenge cultural constructions of power, identity, consumerism, and sexuality through their aggressively direct interrogations of the iniquities of modern life. Often employing the use of direct address and inclusive personal pronouns such as “I,” “you,” and “they,” Kruger’s aphorisms are unspecific and all-encompassing; the accusatory ambiguity of Kruger’s artworks unflinchingly implicates the viewer, society, and the artist herself for the omnipresent societal sins of our time.

    Kruger’s work is deeply ironic and thoroughly anti-hierarchical, criticisms delivered through a panoply of media for indiscriminate and immediate reception. Her moralizing messages, memento mori for the digital age, have been featured on museum walls as well as on t-shirts, billboards, and the façade of an infamous Frankfurt department store; they have become so ubiquitous that they seem to emanate from inside of our own consciences. Kruger has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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archival pigment print, in artist’s frame
33 x 50 7/8 in. (83.8 x 129.2 cm)
Executed in 2011, this work is artist's proof number 1 from an edition of 10 plus 2 artist's proofs.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $37,800

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Patrizia Koenig
Associate Specialist, Head of New Now Sale
20th Century & Contemporary Art [email protected]

New Now

New York Auction 3 March 2021