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Barabra Kruger 2


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Barabra Kruger 2

  1. 1. Barbara Kruger <ul><li>Speaking the Truth into Pictures </li></ul>
  2. 2. Background
  3. 3. Growing up & starting out <ul><li>Born 1945 in Newark New Jersey </li></ul><ul><li>Only child </li></ul><ul><li>Attended Syracuse University & Parson’s School of design, where she studied with Diane Arbus </li></ul>
  4. 4. Artistic Journey <ul><li>Started designing ads for Mademoiselle Magazine at 22, promoted to head design within one year </li></ul><ul><li>First art exhibited work was fiber arts, “women’s work” </li></ul><ul><li>Became involved in New York poetry scene, publishing and performing her work in poetic society </li></ul>
  5. 5. Moving towards montage... <ul><ul><li>1976: Left New York loft for California, where she stopped all artmaking for one full year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ [I was trying to] rethink my connections to my work, to the art world, and most importantly, to the games and relations that congeal, disperse and make the world go round.” </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>When Kruger returned to her work, she took up the camera, capturing images of California residences, which she published with accompanying narratives written about the people living there. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Work
  8. 8. Stealing images to tell the Truth <ul><li>Work in fashion provided the skills for choosing and cropping images while also providing fodder for a mission in dispelling lies visual media passes off for reality </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Kruger’s work focuses on taking well-recognized images and adding text with an accusatory “you” or non-identified pronouns as commentary on the original visual message </li></ul>
  10. 13. Themes <ul><li>Politics </li></ul><ul><li>Feminism </li></ul><ul><li>Commodity Fetish </li></ul><ul><li>Rhetoric of realism </li></ul>
  11. 20. “ I’m interested in how identities are constructed, how stereotypes are formed, how narratives sort of congeal and become history.”