Art Through Photos and Text, Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger is one of the most famous artists in the design world.

She was born in 1945 in Newark, New Jersey. She worked in graphic design for Condé Nast Publications at Mademoiselle magazine. In the 1970s she began mixing photos and text and creating pieces of art that spoke to many people.

Her iconic style includes using black and white images with overlaid red text. With the images she would use, she would juxtapose them with short concise phrases printed in Futura Bold or Helvetica Extra Bold typeface in black, white, or red text bars.

“I try to make work that joins the seductions of wishful thinking with the criticality of knowing better.”
-Barbara Kruger

With this being said, I am a big fan of Kruger’s work and was lucky enough to see her exhibit at the Art Institute here in Chicago. She is a very talented woman, and she has a way of making people think about things in a more complex way.

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