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  • 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 (Kiss)

2019
Artek Stool 60 in birch, birch plywood and laminate, designed by Alvar Aalto, in black, white and red, contained within the original card box.
44 x 38 cm (17 3/8 x 14 7/8 in.)
With the artist's stamp and numbered '92' in black ink on the label affixed to the underside, from the total edition of 600 (there was an initial release of 300 and a second, final release of 300), co-published by the ICA, London and Artek, Helsinki.

Estimate
£1,000 - 1,500 

Sold for £2,142

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London Auction 14 - 15 June 2021