Barbara Kruger is an American conceptual and pop artist who was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1945. She attended Syracuse University and Parsons School of Design and went on to work in art direction and design for several magazines such as Aperture. Kruger later developed an interest in photography and subsequently began her famous works of found images with text collaged over. Many of Kruger’s collage work deals with consumerism, desire, feminism, and gender politics. These works are exclusively in red, black, and white complementing the confrontational text which often challenges the corporate and advertising world, their values, and our passive digestion of it. Kruger continues this work outside of her collages through the mass production of t-shirts, mugs, and other memorabilia with her “slogans” all over them rampant with irony and extending the label of art to consumer products.
The graphic designer, photographer, and artist has had several exhibitions internationally in such museums such as the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Whitney Museum in New York, and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Kruger has also taught at several universities such as the University of California, Berkeley and Los Angeles, where she currently teaches.
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