b. 1945, USA

Barbara Kruger Artworks

Confronting viewers with bold imagery and short, pithy statements, Barbara Kruger's work brings power into question by using still images to mobilise the polemics of her textual provocations. Kruger's choice of aphoristic language will often point to the constructions of identity, both collective and individual, through her use of the pronouns 'our', 'we', 'you', 'I' and 'they'.

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Collage

In the early 1980s, Kruger made the transition to her much celebrated practice of collaging. Her method consists of developing compositions digitally on a computer and transposing the billboard-sized images on to various surfaces.

Kruger's 1989 poster for the Women's March on Washington, in support of legal abortion, features the face of a woman bisected into negative and positive exposures on either side. The accompanying text, 'Your body is a battleground', signals the heated contestation around women's reproductive rights that had heightened in the wake of new anti-abortion laws. The following year Kruger deployed the same slogan for a billboard commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio.

Feminism

Many of the artist's slogans such as 'I shop therefore I am'—a play on philosopher Rene Descartes' famous statement 'I think, therefore I am' (Cogito, ergo sum)—evince her interest in feminist identity politics as they relate to patriarchy and capitalism: both structures of power and dominance so often internalised and propagated by their victims.

Venice Biennale

In 2005, as part of the 51st Venice Biennale, Kruger installed a digitally printed vinyl mural across the façade of the Italian pavilion, dividing it into three parts—green (left), red (right), white (centre). In both Italian and English, the words 'power' and 'money' crept up the portico's columns. On the left wall there was the statement, 'Pretend things are going as planned,' while 'God is on my side; he told me so' fills the right. That same year, Kruger received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale.

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Untitled (Your life is a perpetual insomnia) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork photography
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Your life is a perpetual insomnia), 1984 Gelatin silver print
182 x 117 cm
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Untitled (Is there a perfect mate for everyone?) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork print
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Is there a perfect mate for everyone?), 2011 Archival pigment print
81.3 x 127 cm
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Untitled (Your devotion has the look of a lunatic sport) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork photography
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Your devotion has the look of a lunatic sport), 1982 Gelatin silver print
180.3 x 124.5 cm
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Untitled (Flag) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork print
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Flag), 2020 Screenprint on cotton
55.9 x 55.9 cm
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Untitled (We Won’t Play Nature to Your Culture) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork works on paper
Barbara Kruger Untitled (We Won’t Play Nature to Your Culture), 1983 Softcover catalogue of the exhibition, 'Barbara Kruger: We Won’t Play Nature to Your Culture'
30 x 21 x 0.5 cm
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Untitled (We will no longer be seen and not heard) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork print
Barbara Kruger Untitled (We will no longer be seen and not heard), 1985 9 prints, photo-offset lithograph and screenprint
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Untitled (You will never wake up from this beautiful dream) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork photography
Barbara Kruger Untitled (You will never wake up from this beautiful dream), 2006 C-print, Diasec mounted on aluminium
122.4 x 152.4 cm
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Untitled (Shafted) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork installation
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Shafted), 2008 Installation
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Belief + Doubt by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork installation
Barbara Kruger Belief + Doubt, 2012–ongoing Installation view
David Zwirner
Untitled (Stripe 2) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork print
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Stripe 2), 2019 Digital print on vinyl
243.8 x 197.5 cm
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Untitled (Speak for yourself) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork photography
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Speak for yourself), 1988 Photograph
73 x 63 cm
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Untitled (IF YOU WANT A PICTURE) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork print
Barbara Kruger Untitled (IF YOU WANT A PICTURE), 2017 Print on vinyl
274.3 x 170.2 x 5.1 cm
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Untitled (Believe/Commit) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork photography
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Believe/Commit), 2019 Print on vinyl
243.8 x 254 cm
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Untitled (Never Enough) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork installation
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Never Enough), 2016 Vinyl
397.5 x 1443.4 cm
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Untitled (I WIN YOU LOSE) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork print
Barbara Kruger Untitled (I WIN YOU LOSE), 2017 Print on vinyl
260 x 364 cm
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Untitled (Busy going crazy) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork photography
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Busy going crazy), 1989 Photograph
181.4 x 129.5 x 4.5 cm
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Untitled (The latest version of the truth) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork print
Barbara Kruger Untitled (The latest version of the truth), 2018 Print on vinyl
226.1 x 173 cm
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How can I be a better person? by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork painting
Barbara Kruger How can I be a better person?, 2011 Archival pigment print
81.3 x 127 cm
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Untitled (Our people are better than your people) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork print
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Our people are better than your people), 1994/2017 Print on vinyl, wallpaper
500 x 312.5 cm
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Untitled (LET GO) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork print
Barbara Kruger Untitled (LET GO), 2004 Chromogenic dye coupler print
149.9 x 229.2 cm
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Untitled (Secret) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork print
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Secret), 2016 Archival pigment inkjet print
105.1 x 198.1 cm
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Untitled (Project for Dazed and Confused) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork print
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Project for Dazed and Confused), 1996 / 2015 Archival pigment print
159 x 122.2 cm
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Untitled (Cast of Characters) by Barbara Kruger contemporary artwork painting
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Cast of Characters), 2016 Digital print on vinyl
152.4 x 304.8 cm
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