Barbara Kruger

About

A feminist artist known for her large-scale, highly impactful typographic works, Kruger takes direct aim at both societal stereotyping of women and mass consumerism in her art. Many of her pieces are instantly recognisable thanks to her signature use of Futura Bold type, black and white photos, and white type on a red background. Born in New Jersey in 1945, Kruger briefly attended Parsons School of Design and had a short-lived career as a magazine designer before moving into fine art and formulating her trademark style. With work in galleries including MoMa, the Tate and the Whitney, she also places her art in public spaces for maximum impact.

Artworks

Info

Did you know?

In Autumn 2021, Kruger’s work adorns the shop windows, bus shelters and billboards of Chicago as part of a city takeover exhibition with the Art Institute.

Country of Birth

USA

Auction Record

£662,240

Christie's, New York, 'Untitled (When I hear the word culture I take out my checkbook)', 2011

Notable Collections

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA

Notable Exhibitions

Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You., Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, USA, 2020

Barbara Kruger: Forever, Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2019

In the Tower: Barbara Kruger, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA, 2016

Circus, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, 2011

Represented the USA at the Venice Biennale, USA Pavilion, Venice, Italy, 1982

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