This publication accompanies the first major exhibition of Barbara Kruger’s work in Europe, and features works she has made since 1981.
In the early 1970’s Barbara Kruger was working with images for the mass media (as a designer for Conde Nast) while also working as a painter. By 1978 she had begun to work with photographs and texts — initially separating words and images, then gradually super-imposing them. Using the strategies of high art and media graphics, her works are created to arrest. Whether seen from a moving train, pasted on subway walls and street hoardings — or in the gallery, monumental in scale, with strident red frames, their impact is inescapable.
Barbara Kruger examines, by appropriation, the images the language and ultimately the stereotypes that represent power; ideologies that have become ‘truths whose illusionary nature has been forgotten, metaphors that have been used up and lost their imprint and that now operate as mere metal, no longer as coins’. — From the preface written by Iwona Blazwick and Sandy Nairne.
London & Basel: Institute of Contemporary Arts London & Kunsthalle Basel, 1983.
First edition 4to (29.6 × 20.9 cm) Softcover 64 pp Texts in English Wrappers. Sewn bound. Illustrated in b/w throughout.
Fine. Slight crease on wrappers. Internally fine. Item ID: 1425.