Barbara Kruger - New Now London Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
    Phillips, London, Contemporary Art Day, 17 October 2013, lot 133
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Barbara Kruger is seminal in her ability to question seemingly banal illustrations appropriated from mass media by coupling them with inventive texts and punchy slogans. Kruger addresses subjects that arose in the wake of the culture wars, such as constructions of power, identity and sexuality in an innovative manner.

    Untitled (Let Go), 2003 is representative of Kruger's masterful use of language - a bird is held in an open hand and is cleverly paired with the slogan "let go", encouraging small acts of liberation. The eye catching image has pop and cultural references that support liberation and question authority. Similar to the hand being outstretched and allowing the bird to fly free form its 'nest', this work appears to suggest that one should be conscious of not being constrained by one's "mother state" in order to live a freer life.

    Although the bird is now able to fly, the image is frozen and catches the bird right before its flight to freedom. Perhaps, Kruger's intentions lie in allowing her viewers to imagine freedom while being aware that it can come gradually- the first step is to recognise, as small acts like these may contribute to its realisation.


Untitled (Let Go)

silkscreen on canvas, in artist's frame
154.8 x 230.9 cm (60 7/8 x 90 7/8 in.)
This work is number 3 from an edition of 5.

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £200,500

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Tamila Kerimova
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New Now

London Auction 13 April 2016