76
76
Barbara Kruger
UNTITLED (SPECIFIC)
Estimate
400,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 600,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
76
Barbara Kruger
UNTITLED (SPECIFIC)
Estimate
400,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 600,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Boundless: Contemporary Art

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Hong Kong

Barbara Kruger
B.1945
UNTITLED (SPECIFIC)
Executed in 1979, this work is unique.
photostat print with tape and plastic self-adhesive lettering in artist's frame
76.2 by 94 cm, 30 by 37 in.


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Provenance

Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist)
Christie's, New York, March 10, 2011, lot 26
De Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong
Private Collection, Asia

Exhibited

Hong Kong, de Sarthe Gallery, Visual Language: Radical Abstraction, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Bernar Venet, December 2012 – February 2013

Catalogue Note

Since the 1970s, Barbara Kruger has boldly confronted the relationship between consumption and culture and the commodification of the latter through her text-based imageries which are witty and visually arresting. Combining commercial advertising techniques with photo collage constructed from ‘found’ pictures, Kruger utilizes concise, evocative wording to imbue the images with a multiplicity of meaning, often times challenging social, political and sexual boundaries whilst encouraging viewers to question traditional socio-cultural concepts. Having worked as a graphic designer for Mademoiselle magazine during the late 1960s, Kruger’s conflation of image and text within her work was strongly inspired by her own advertising experience.

In Untitled (Specific), words including “reason,” “power,” “progress,” “alignment” and “bias” are laid over an image of military figures, prompting the viewer to question the propagandistic nature of the imagery and the politics of both the image and the political power shown within. Such mimicry of ad-speak invokes a powerful disjunction between image and meaning, thereby exposing the inescapable conditions involved in contemporary production.

Boundless: Contemporary Art

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Hong Kong