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  • Provenance

    Mary Boone Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Barbara Kruger, October 17, 1999 - October 22, 2000, p. 266 (illustrated, p. 20)

  • 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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Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, New York

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Untitled (Can I help you?/Can I interest you in something in red?/Cash or charge?)

lenticular photograph and painted wood
23 x 50 in. (58.4 x 127 cm.)
Executed in 1987.

Estimate
$70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $100,000

Contact Specialist
Rebekah Bowling
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20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 13 November 2019