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  • Provenance

    Courtesy of the Artist and Sprüth Magers

  • Catalogue Essay

    Barbara Kruger is an artist who works with pictures and words. She was born in Newark, New Jersey and lives and works in Los Angeles and New York. Kruger has taught at CalArts, and UC Berkeley and is currently a Professor at UCLA. Beginning with her earliest works, which combined text and imagery from books and magazines, she has turned a critical eye toward consumerism, desire, political will and the ways in which power is threaded through our lives and works to define who we are and aren’t. Her images, installations and video works have appeared both inside and outside the so-called art world. In 2005 she was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 51st Venice Biennale.

  • 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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Untitled (Connect)

archival pigment print, in artist's frame
sheet 77 x 58 in. (195.6 x 147.3 cm.)
framed 78 x 59 in. (198.1 x 149.9 cm.)

Executed in 2015, this work is number 5 from an edition of 10.

Estimate
$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $165,000

Contact Specialist
Sam Mansour
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Art for One Drop

New York Charity Auction 21 September 2018