Barbara Kruger: Conceptual Artist

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It's the year 1984. As you walk down a crowded New York street, you can't help but stop and stare at the world around you. There's one particular image that stands out to you through. It's a large, black and white poster of a woman looking into a broken mirror. The words "You are not yourself" are written across it in bold cut-out letters. You stop to think to yourself about the possible meanings of this poster. It shows the apparent work of a feminist sowing women's struggle with her own self-image. Barbara Kruger is an American conceptual artist as well as a transformational leader, states Wikipedia (1). She uses her work to make people think about the serious issues in society today. Her work is in many common places for the view of …show more content…
Her statements are usually declarative or accusatory in town and make use of pronouns such as you, I, we, and they. Several sources, such as Art:21 and Wikipedia, have said that the pronouns "you" and "we" refer to "men" and women." She uses her work to criticize sexism, misogyny, and the circulation of power within cultures. She sticks to the themes of feminism, classicism, consumerism, religion, sexuality, racial and gender stereotypes, corporate greed, and individual autonomy and desire. She also does installations which are comprised of video, film, audio, and/or projections. Her work is influenced by the social life, how we are to one another. Kruger constantly raises questions about values, taste, and the material world. Some of her instantly recognizable slogans read "I shop therefore I am" and "Your body is a battleground." Kruger won the Golden Lion award for Lifetime Achievement at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005, according to Wikipedia (5). Her work is in major museums and galleries worldwide. Her major commissions include the park and outdoor amphitheater at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, a train station in Strasburg, France, and floor mosaics for the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio states the Whitney Museum of American Art (7). She's designed and made rooms where the walls, floors, and ceilings are all covered by images and text which completely surround the viewer. Her work

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