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Barbara Kruger

Mary Boone Gallery | Uptown

Barbara Kruger’s art has been confrontational at least since her landmark works of the 1980s, in which found photographs and sharp phrases addressed viewers directly, especially those viewers who thought the word you meant them. And it seemed that many did, for Kruger became a flash point, one of the artists old-school critics had in mind when they complained about the hectoring, lecturing turn they felt that art was taking. But Kruger was always far smarter and subtler than that critique claimed, and later, when she moved into video installations—such as The Globe Shrinks, 2010, the single piece in this show—her work grew more ambitious still. Kruger now juggles images and text within whole environments, in which the images move and the text is heard as well as read. She is as in-your-face as ever, maybe more so: Since The Globe Shrinks is a four-wall projection, its images bouncing around

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