new-york

Barbara Kruger

Annina Nosei Gallery

Barbara Kruger showed 15 new works here. In most of them she continued to combine greatly enlarged found photographs and verbal messages, often feminist in context, designed in a variety of typefaces. Some look pasted together, like ransom notes. “We are your elaborate holes,” is the statement angled across a photograph of a golf ball just passing the cup. “Promise us anything but give us nothing,” is the message over a huge photograph of what may be crumpled foil gift-wrapping. In Roy Toy, 1986, the phrase “Make my day” accompanies the image of a cheetah tearing raw flesh; a small photograph of lawyer Roy Cohn is incorporated. The title of this piece is an allusion to the phrase “boy toy” lately associated with the pop singer Madonna, just as the central message is an allusion to a well-known phrase from the Clint Eastwood movie Sudden Impact (1983). This image of violent retribution for

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