Barbara Kruger - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    "A variation on an earlier work from 1990, this set of 81 postage stamp–sized images is printed on kiss cut adhesive paper (peel and stick). The nine individual images, which repeat in a grid of 3 x 3, read: Happy, Sad, Awake, Asleep, Hopeful, Doubtful, Relaxed, Tense, Alive." - East of Borneo Editions, Los Angeles

  • 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 (Stamps)

1990/2013
Offset lithograph in colors, on perforated sticker paper, with full margins.
I. 9 1/2 x 9 in. (24.1 x 22.9 cm)
S. 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (29.2 x 29.2 cm)

Stamp-signed and numbered 2/35 in pencil on the reverse, published by East of Borneo Editions, Los Angeles, unframed.

Estimate
$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $5,418

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 19 - 21 April 2022