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  • Provenance

    Sprüth Magers Gallery, Berlin
    Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    Moscow, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Mystifiers, 12 February - 20 March 2016, p. 14 (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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Shame It Blame It

mixed media on vinyl
316 x 365 cm (124 3/8 x 143 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2010.

Estimate
£150,000 - 200,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £143,750

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 9 March 2018