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Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.

  • Art, Mixed media
  1. Barbara Kruger
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  2. Barbara Kruger
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  3. Barbara Kruger
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  4. Barbara Kruger
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  5. Barbara Kruger
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  6. Barbara Kruger
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  7. Barbara Kruger
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  8. Barbara Kruger
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  9. Barbara Kruger
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
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Time Out says

Her works are in just about every contemporary collection in town and her bold Futura captions have been endlessly ripped off. But LACMA has put together a proper exhibition of the influential artist with “Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.”

The videos and large-scale vinyl wraps span four decades, while the audio soundscapes extend across the museum campus. It’s presented like a retrospective, albeit thematically instead of chronologically, but at the same time it’s introspective: Kruger has updated some of her recognizable works from the ’80s into animated videos, and an into gallery highlights the many T-shirts and memes that’ve appropriated her white-on-red captions.

Kruger’s works comment on consumerism, politics, power, identity and feminism in remarkably direct ways: Picturing “Greatness” points out how most of LACMA’s celebrated artists are white men, Untitled (Forever) fills an entire room with a black-and-white Virginia Woolf excerpt that begins with a very large “YOU,” while the cheeky Untitled (Selfie) asks visitors to love or hate themselves as voyeurs watch from elsewhere in the museum.

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano

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