I Shop Therefore I Am

Another great book due out soon from Rizzoli New York has just arrived here, a monograph entitled BARBARA KRUGER, which documents the thought-provoking, Futura Bold Oblique-driven work of the world famous contemporary artist. She is currently a professor at UCLA, but her work has been making waves since the early ’80s, blurring the lines between conceptual art, photography and graphic design, and often featuring witty or cryptic sociopolitical statements, such as her famous “I Shop Therefore I Am,” rendered in bold letters, framed by boxes & rectangles, over black & white imagery. The topics often deal with sexism and power structures in today’s society. In the last decade or so, she has explored film installations too. Ironically, perhaps, streetwear fans of my generation and younger will most likely immediately recognize her work as the inspiration behind the logo for NYC skate brand Supreme. This gargantuan 9.5″ x 11.75″ hardcover with jacket is 308 pages deep, with 250 color illustrations, and features essays by Alexander Alberro, Hal Foster, Martha Gever, Barbara Kruger, Miwon Kwon, and Carol Squiers. Out in May. She also has an exhibition at the Mary Boone Gallery in New York City, which runs until May 1st.

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