Barbara Kruger was born on this day in 1945. “Untitled (Know nothing, Believe anything, Forget everything)” was recently on view in our East Building Tower Gallery in an exhibition devoted to the artist’s work. The distinctive direct address of Kruger’s texts (using active verbs and personal pronouns) confronts viewers straight on. This contrasts with her selected images of side-glancing figures, receiving and averting the audience’s gaze. The results are arresting conceptual works of visual power and wit. Happy birthday to the artist!
Barbara Kruger, “Untitled (Know nothing, Believe anything, Forget everything),” 1987/2014, digital print on vinyl, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Collectors Committee, Sharon and John D. Rockefeller IV, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, Denise and Andrew Saul, Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund, Agnes Gund, and Michelle Smith.