Untitled (It's our pleasure to disgust you)

Untitled (It's our pleasure to disgust you)

1989
Artist
Barbara Kruger, American, 1945-
Born: Newark, NJ
Work Locations: New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA
Country
United States
print
Photographic silkscreen on vinyl
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
2001.771

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (It's our pleasure to disgust you), 1989
Denver Art Museum: Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2001.771
© Barbara Kruger and courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Photograph courtesy of the Denver Art Museum

Dimensions
image height: 90 in, 228.6000 cm; image width: 77 in, 195.5800 cm
Department
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection
Modern and Contemporary Art

Barbara Kruger approaches the issue of women’s oppression by adapting consumer-oriented advertisements to convey highly charged messages about women’s roles in society. Not surprisingly, she spent nearly a decade at Mademoiselle magazine, absorbing the techniques of “the sell,” before turning to her art full-time. In appropriating the photograph of a crucified body wearing a gas mask as a central image, does she fulfill the expectations of those who expect to be disgusted by contemporary art? 


 © Barbara Kruger and courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Exhibition History
  • "Focus: The Figure"—Denver Art Museum, 08/09/2008 - 02/2011

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