Archive for June 18, 2013

Artist of the moment..Photographer Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger was born in 1945 in Newark, New Jersey. Most of Kruger’s art deals with black and white photography with letters and words that express a political or social remark. Kruger does a great job at capturing the contemporary consumer experience in America. My personal favorite is “When I hear the word culture I have to open my wallet!”

Works mainly with the Helvetica type font.

For her collegiate studies Kruger attended Syracuse University and Parsons School of Design. A heavy influence on the artist was the modernist painter Marvin Israel who taught at the University. Below an example of Marvin Israel’s style. Israel was renown for working with the interior and did many works similar to the one below even one with the subject being an electric chair.

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Below a great montage of works by Barbara Kruger.

Here we visit the Hirshhorn Museum of Art for a show featuring Barbara Kruger. 6,700 square foot display.

After college Kruger got a job with the magazine Conde Naste working in design. At this point she was more a fiber artist that sewed or did crochet.

Another classic slogan from Kruger, I shop therefore I am!

Kruger also makes installation art.

Over her career she has taught at several prestigious locales including the Whitney Museum of Art and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Based out of New York city and Los Angeles, California.

Price range information: The artist is a hot commodity in the art world! At auction in 2011 Kruger had a work sell for slightly more than $900,000 at Christies. Most works are priced from $10,000 to $50,000.

If you enjoy a laugh sometimes when looking at art also check out the artist Jenny Holzer. Holzer is an American artist renown for her sculptures that have text poking fun at ┬ásociety in a manner similar to Barbara Kruger. In the work below it reads, ITS CRUCIAL ┬áTO HAVE AN ACTIVE FANTASY LIFE, STUPID PEOPLE SHOULDN’T BREED.

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For some art homework think of this artists and add some captions to your own photographs!

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