Barbara Kruger (b. 1945) is an artist who works with pictures and words. Her photography, immersive room wraps, public installations and multi-channel videos engage issues of power, pleasure, desire, disgust, money and mortality. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Hammer Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Guggenheim Museum, and the Broad Art Foundation among others. Her critical writings have focused on images, culture, and the world of appearances. She is a Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Kruger lives in Los Angeles and New York.
Image credit: Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Whose?), 2017. Archival pigment print, 30 x 80 inches. Courtesy of artist
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Various Locations, NYC Streets
Barbara Kruger’s wrapped school bus can be seen driving around Manhattan and parked outside various Performa venues throughout the Biennial. Grounded in activism, feminism and community, Kruger’s signature text is reproduced on a large-scale vinyl format, covering the bus’s forty–foot-long shell.
Untitled (The Drop)
Performa 17 Biennial Hub
New York, NY 10013
Barbara Kruger's first live performance.
Barbara Kruger (Billboard)
Untitled (Know, Believe, Forget)
Billboard at 10th Avenue and 17th Street (Viewable from the High Line).
Barbara Kruger uses her instantly recognizable—and frequently appropriated—visual style of delivering highly charged, terse phrases in white Futura Bold font over red blocks to deliver messages around consumerism and feminism inside a skate park, and other public places.
Barbara Kruger at Coleman Skatepark
Monroe St, New York, NY 10002
Monroe Street at Market Street
The skatepark is located in Coleman Square Playground which lies on the border between Chinatown and the Lower East Side.
Created in partnership with NYC Parks and skate park designer Steve Rodriguez, Barbara Kruger will employ her signature effects and strategies to broadcast messages that engage issues of and ideas about power, desire, adoration, contempt, and capital at New York’s most popular skatepark underneath the Manhattan Bridge.