As you all know we have a bit of a thing for typography, which is why we love Barbara Kruger. With a major solo exhibition now on at Modern Art Oxford, we have decided to find out a bit more about her and the works that will be on show.
Barbara Kruger came to prominence in the 1980’s, and is known, alongside contemporaries such as Cindy Sherman and Sherrie Levine as one of the key feminist artists in art history. Using image and typography Barbara Kruger challenges and plays with the techniques used within advertising and the mass media, bringing into question power structures used within communication design.
By using billboards, buildings and train stations as sites for her installations Kruger is able to subvert how we view these spaces by challenging the advertising, imagery and design that we are so used to seeing there.
For the exhibition at Modern Art Oxford Barbara Kruger has created a huge site-specific installation filling an entire room of the gallery. Questioning value and consumerism, Kruger asks confronting questions such as “Is that all there is?”.
Alongside her new installation there are a series of works from the 1980’s showing Barbara Kruger’s iconic paste-up style.
The exhibition runs until the 31 August 2014 at Modern Art Oxford. Find out more here.
1. Upper Gallery: Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Titled) 2014, Vinyl, Installation images, Modern Art Oxford, Photo by Stuart Whipps
2. Barbara Kruger, Untitled (I shop therefore I am), 111″ by 113″, photographic silkscreen/vinyl, 1987, Image courtsey of Mary Boone Gallery
3. Upper Gallery: Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Titled) 2014, Vinyl, Installation images, Modern Art Oxford, Photo by Stuart Whipps