Barbara Kruger, the evils in the image

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The American conceptual artist, recognized for her textual photomontages, continues to brilliantly query social stereotypes, the diktats of beauty, and the consumerism of society.

Years move, eras mark history, and Barbara Kruger’s work stays related right now. If the essential cost of this postmodern feminist artist has influenced the art of the top of the 20th century, her gaze continues to sound the alarm, combining previous and current for a future that appears frozen in patriarchal poncifics. The Sprüth Magers Gallery in Los Angeles presents current and emblematic works by Barbara Kruger, linked to several occasions: her flooring installation at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the set up for the 59th Biennale de Venise, and the exhibition “Considering of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As all the time with this pioneer, large-scale artwork dominates the area. The triptych “By no means, Good, Enough” seems to be at ladies’s unimaginable ideals of perfection where curlers and hairpins make her incisive phrases wield. If her photomontages have typically been limited to pink, black, white, she chooses right here the colour code purple, inexperienced, blue (RGB).


So, it is still about that. From the curlers to the injunctions, the 77-year-old artist scans the prevalence of this determined aesthetic quest, while pushing her reflection. By way of this smiling mannequin, taken in profile and from the back on a large format, she refers to the diagrams of phrenology, a pseudo-scientific concept of the 19th century, during which the shape of the human skull is meant to mirror the character and mental capacities. Barbara Kruger again asserts this male will “to divide, categorize and control,” whereas associating her evaluation to the imperatives of “beauty and its punitive regimes.” The gallery completes the visit with a collection of collages, when she labored as artwork director for Mademoiselle journal, and iconic works similar to “Your gaze hits the aspect of my face” and “Your body is a battleground.” This wide-ranging panel exhibits how this leader relentlessly questions the viewer about energy buildings, manipulation, and the massification of up to date cultural practices.

Until July 16, 2022 at Sprüth Magers Gallery, Los Angeles

Nathalie Dassa

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