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Barbara Kruger: Untitled (Blind Idealism Is...)
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Mar 21, 2016 - Mar 31, 2017
Gansevoort St. to W. 30th St.
New York, NY 10011
212-500-6035
Nearest Subways
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Barbara Kruger is an American artist who works with pictures and words. Kruger uses the fluency she developed as a graphic designer for publications such as Mademoiselle, House & Garden, and Aperture, to inform her work as an artist, insistently addressing the issues of power, property, money, race, and sexuality. For the High Line, Kruger presents 'Untitled (Blind Idealism Is...),' a new work realized as a hand-painted mural. Continuing her unabashed criticism of culture and power, the mural features the slogan 'BLIND IDEALISM IS REACTIONARY SCARY DEADLY,' an adaptation of a quote from Afro-Caribbean philosopher and revolutionary thinker Frantz Fanon, which has appeared in multiple works by the artist. The original statement by Fanon, 'Blind idealism is reactionary,' suggests that political and religious convictions stem from the situations from which they grow, not from the inherent nature of individual human beings. According to Kruger, the work reflects 'how we are to one another' within 'the days and nights that construct us.' These texts, along with Kruger's own writings, resonate with particular potency in today's political climate.
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