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Barbara Kruger

Conceptual Artist
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Net worth 2018: $400,000
Industry: Miscellaneous
Country: United States
BirthDay: 26 January 1945
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Barbara Kruger was bornon 26 January 1945 in American, is Conceptual Artist. One of the best known American conceptual artists of the contemporary era, Barbara Kruger is a woman who effortlessly blends her bold feminism with eloquence to convey powerful messages through her works of art. Most famous for creating pieces of art characterized by overlaying declarative captions over photographs, she manages to create artworks that are not only aesthetically appealing, but also mentally stimulating. Aware of the fact that human beings have a short attention span, she chooses brief yet forceful words to express her views on issues of social relevance. A feminist at heart, she is also frustrated by the rampant materialism and consumerism in the modern American society and strives to critically analyze prevailing social, cultural and political norms through her works. To create her unique artworks she collects photographs, mostly black and white, from magazines and other sources and overlays them with bold messages. She liberally uses the color red in her works, immediately attracting the attention of the viewer by conveying a sense of urgency and imminent danger. Blessed with a strong social conscience and great aesthetic sense, she studied art and design in college before embarking on a career as an independent artist. She has held several solo exhibitions and also writes for the ‘New York Times’.


During the 1990s she also started incorporating sculpture into her works of art


Portraying a woman’s face bisected into positive and negative photographic reproductions overlaid with the text “Your Body Is a Battleground”, it was used during the 1989 Women’s March on Washington in support of legal abortion


During the 1980s she decided to abandon original photography and started incorporating already existing photographs from newspapers and magazines into her art work


She published her work as an artist’s book, ‘Picture/Readings’ in 1979


She started exploring the art of photography in 1977 and produced a series of black and white photographs which she paired with bold text


She quit art making in 1976 and moved to Berkeley, California, to teach at the University of California


Curator Marcia Tucker displayed some of these artworks in the 1973 Whitney Biennial


She joined Conde Nast Publications in 1966 after leaving school


Barbara Kruger was born on January 26, 1945, in a middle-class family, in New Jersey

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