Hyperallergic – In the late 1970s Barbara Kruger began overlaying snippets of text set in clean type over generic images sourced from 1950s mass media. Though Kruger wasn’t yet the art provocateur we know her as today, she was well on her way. Trained as a magazine designer and picture editor, Kruger was steeped in the world of advertising and understood how to grab an audience’s attention in the split second that it takes to turn a magazine page. Kruger has been demanding our attention ever since, challenging the public—herself included—to interrogate how we construct our identities and how images shape public discourse. – read more 

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