Barbara Kruger is an artist who, since the late 1970s, has explored the power of image and text. The bold works combining black-and-white photography and white-on-red type that Kruger made throughout the 1980s have become icons of late 20th Century art. Her works address issues of power, pleasure, ambition, commerce, culture and gender, and have for forty years exerted a broad influence on contemporary art, graphic design, and cultural discourse.
In 1999, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles organized her mid-career retrospective that traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. A solo exhibition of Kruger’s work inaugurated the renovated East Wing of The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, in September 2016.