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A feminist artist known for her large-scale, highly impactful typographic works, Kruger directly aims at 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.
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
Christie's, New York, 'Untitled (Your Manias Become Science)', 2021
Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA
Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You, I Mean Me, I Mean You, Art Institute of Chicago, LACMA, MoMA, Chicago, LA, NY, USA, 2021-2023
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, DE, 2011
Represented the USA at the Venice Biennale, USA Pavilion, Venice, IT, 1982
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