Barbara Kruger (b. 1945)
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Barbara Kruger (b. 1945)

Untitled (I will not become what I mean to you)

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Barbara Kruger (b. 1945)
Untitled (I will not become what I mean to you)
black and white photograph in artist's frame
85 x 49 in. (215.9 x 124.4 cm.)
Executed in 1983.
Provenance
Anina Nosei Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1983
Exhibited
London, ICA Gallery and Villeurbanne, Le Nouveau Musée, Barbara Kruger: We Won't Play Nature to Your Culture, November 1983-April 1984, p. 30 (illustrated).
Wellington, New Zealand, National Art Gallery, Barbara Kruger, March-May 1988, p. 46 (illustrated).
Sydney and Melbourne, The 7th Biennale of Sydney, May-September 1988.
Castello di Rivoli, Domenico Bianchi, Alan Charlton, Günther Förg, Barbara Kruger, Toon Verhoef, October-December 1989, n.p. (illustrated).
Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art and New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You, October 1999-October 2000, p. 90 (illustrated).
New York, Chelsea Art Museum, Dangerous Beauty, January-April 2007, p. 23 (illustrated).
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Lot Essay

"I find myself influenced by the presence of time passing, but seldom by particular events. From childhood on, the attention received or denied, the pleasures or absence of comfort or shelter, the place of money, color, class, and power: in other words, the accumulation of the everyday. These moments, these increments, make us who we are and make us make the work we make." (B. Kruger quoted in L. Tillman, Thinking of You, Los Angeles, 1999, p. 196)

"And what about art? It can be defined as the ability, through visual, verbal, gestural, and musical means, to objectify one’s experience of the world: to show and tell, through a kind of eloquent shorthand, how it feels to be alive." (B. Kruger, quoted in Barbara Kruger, exh. cat., Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1999, p. 26).

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