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Barbara Kruger Art

American, b. 1945

Rising to prominence in the 1980s, iconic conceptual artist Barbara Kruger pioneered a combination of type and image in her signature colors of black, white and red that continues to captivate audiences and posit a forceful feminist critique of media and politics.

Kruger examines social issues and cultural forces like sexism and consumerism in her typically large-scale, widely imitated work, which sees her layering terse chunks of text in fonts such as Futura Bold Oblique over found black and white mass media photographic images. Radical and stimulating, her collages draw on her background as a commercial graphic designer for magazines at Condé Nast as well as her albeit brief time as a student at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, where Kruger studied under artists such as Diane Arbus.

Kruger’s use of straightforward, accessible language to make powerful statements recalls advertising slogans or magazine headlines — by employing the structure of the very thing she is critiquing, she subverts that specific medium’s reach and meaning.

The phrases that Kruger superimposes onto the imagery in her work are as pointed, direct and authoritative as the visuals, with best-known examples including I Shop Therefore I Am and You Are a Captive Audience. The artist is also a staunch feminist, using her work to make overt political statements such as in Untitled (Your Body Is a Battleground), which was initially created in 1989 to promote a women’s march in Washington, D.C., aimed at antiabortion legislation. By using “you” and “I,” Kruger invites viewers into the piece and forces them to reflect on their own position in society as well as how they interact with one another in contemporary life. In an increasingly politicized era that finds us engulfed in imagery like never before, her art is more urgent and arresting than ever.

Kruger’s works can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Whitney Museum of American Art and other institutions.

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Artist: Barbara Kruger
Barbara Kruger, I Shop Therefore I Am - Printed Paper Shopping Bag
By Barbara Kruger
Located in Hamburg, DE
Barbara Kruger (1945, American) I Shop Therefore I Am, 1990 Medium: Photolithograph on paper shopping bag Edition size: 9000 Dimensions: 17 5/16 x 10 3/4 in (43.9 x 27.3 cm) Publishe...
Category

20th Century Pop Art Barbara Kruger Art

Materials

Lithograph

Untitled (Flag), Bandana (Limited timed release)
By Barbara Kruger
Located in Washington , DC, DC
Barbara Kruger's powerful interpretation of the American flag is screen printed onto a large cotton bandana. These were a limited timed released where they were only sold for about a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Barbara Kruger Art

Materials

Cotton, Screen

Don't Be a Jerk skateboard
By Barbara Kruger
Located in New York, NY
Barbara Kruger Don't Be a Jerk skateboard, 2017 Screenprint on skate deck 31 × 8 inches From the Barbara Kruger "The Drop" show at Performa 17 in NYC. which sold out. An ironic play...
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2010s Contemporary Barbara Kruger Art

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Screen

Culture Vulture
By Barbara Kruger
Located in London, GB
Debossed archival pigment print on surface Gampi Chine collé to Strathmore Bristol. Published in 2012 by Lincoln Center’s Vera List Art Project, New York, to commemorate the project’...
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2010s Contemporary Barbara Kruger Art

Materials

Giclée, Etching

BARBARA KRUGER Untitled (Kiss) (2019), 2019 Hand-Signed
By Barbara Kruger
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Size: 17 x 14 inches ( 43.18 x 35.56 cm ) Condition: A: Mint Additional Details: Untitled (Kiss) (2019) marries Alvar Aalto’s classic piece of modern furniture design, Stool 60, wit...
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2010s Contemporary Barbara Kruger Art

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Other Medium

Barbara Kruger Annina Nosei 1983-1984 (Kruger Surveillance is your Busy Work)
By Barbara Kruger
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Barbara Kruger Annina Nosei Gallery 1983-1984: A set of 2 rare, historic Barbara Kruger announcement cards published on the occasion of: - Barbara Kruger, Annina Nosei Gallery, New ...
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1980s Pop Art Barbara Kruger Art

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Offset

Barbara Kruger Annina Nosei 1983-1984 (Kruger Surveillance is your Busy Work)
By Barbara Kruger
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Barbara Kruger Annina Nosei Gallery 1983-1984: A set of 2 rare, historic Barbara Kruger announcement cards published on the occasion of: - Barbara Kruger, Annina Nosei Gallery, New ...
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1980s Pop Art Barbara Kruger Art

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Offset

Untitled (Flag) -- Screen Print, Text Art by Barbara Kruger
By Barbara Kruger
Located in London, GB
BARBARA KRUGER Untitled (Flag), 2020 Screenprint in colours, on cotton Published by Artists Band Together In the original black envelope Sheet: 56.0 x 53.5 cm (22.0 x 21.0 in)
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2010s Feminist Barbara Kruger Art

Materials

Screen

Original Barbara Kruger Vinyl Record Art
By Barbara Kruger
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Vintage original Barbara Kruger Record Art, 1994 Off-set lithograph on vinyl record cover Measure: 12 x 12 inches Minor shelf wear; in otherwise good vintage condition. Very cool fr...
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1990s Pop Art Barbara Kruger Art

Materials

Lithograph, Offset

Flag Screenprint on Cotton Blend Bandana by Barbara Kruger
By Barbara Kruger
Located in Draper, UT
This limited edition bandana from Barbara Kruger was part of a 2020 campaign titled "Artists Band Together," in support of organizations working to increase voter turnout. Using lang...
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2010s Barbara Kruger Art

Materials

Screen

War Platter (Limited Edition hand made ceramic)
By Barbara Kruger
Located in New York, NY
Barbara Kruger War Platter, 2018 Glazed Earthenware Artists name fired on the underside which is considered her authorized signature as she officially does not sign her works Hand nu...
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2010s Pop Art Barbara Kruger Art

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Ceramic, Screen

Untitled (Flag)
By Barbara Kruger
Located in London, GB
Barbara Kruger
 Untitled (Flag), 2020 Screenprint on Cotton
 unknown edition size 22.00 x 22.00 in
 55.9 x 55.9 cm Barbara Kruger is a seminal figure in contemporary art known for h...
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2010s Contemporary Barbara Kruger Art

Materials

Screen, Cotton

'Surveillance Is Your Busywork'
By Barbara Kruger
Located in London, GB
Original subway poster, c. 1980, on wove paper, unsigned as issued, 28 x 71.3 cm. 'Surveillance Is Your Busywork' is an unused subway lithograph placard, produced in the early 80s b...
Category

1980s Conceptual Barbara Kruger Art

Materials

Lithograph

My Pretty Pony
By Barbara Kruger
Located in New York, NY
"My Pretty Pony" is a short story written by Stephen King and illustrated by the artist Barbara Kruger. It was the sixth publication in the Whitney Museum...
Category

1980s Barbara Kruger Art

Materials

Screen, Lithograph

Too Big to Fail Fiberboard Wall Clock
By Barbara Kruger
Located in Draper, UT
Combining images with provocative text, Kruger uses direct address—along with humor, vigilance, and empathy—to expose and undermine the power dynamics of identity, desire, and consum...
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2010s Barbara Kruger Art

Materials

Fiberboard

Flag Screenprint on Cotton Blend Bandana by Barbara Kruger
By Barbara Kruger
Located in Draper, UT
This limited edition bandana from Barbara Kruger was part of a 2020 campaign titled "Artists Band Together," in support of organizations working to increase voter turnout. Using lang...
Category

2010s Barbara Kruger Art

Materials

Screen

Don't Make Me Angry C-Print by Barbara Kruger
By Barbara Kruger
Located in Philadelphia, PA
C-print on Vinyl Stamped signature and edition label on envelope
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1990s Barbara Kruger Art

Materials

C Print

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Located in Toronto, Ontario
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Find a wide variety of authentic Barbara Kruger art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of red and other colors. You can also browse by medium to find art by Barbara Kruger in screen print, lithograph, cotton and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 21st century and contemporary and is mostly associated with the contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Barbara Kruger art, so small editions measuring 10 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Barbara Takenaga, Paula Scher, and Deborah Kass. Barbara Kruger art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $180 and tops out at $11,000, while the average work can sell for $2,539.

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