Barbara Kruger – Untitled (Who?) – Los Angeles

Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

 

Visible from Wilshire Boulevard in the heart of the Miracle Mile arts district, a new work by Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Who?) (2020), occupies the facade of Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles.

Barbara Kruger – Untitled (Who?) – Los Angeles

Barbara Kruger
Untitled (Who?), 2020
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, 2020
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

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Barbara Kruger – Untitled (Who?) – Los Angeles

Barbara Kruger
Untitled (Who?), 2020
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, 2020
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

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This work extends a long and celebrated history of public projects by Kruger across the world, including many in Los Angeles, that pose direct and pressing questions to viewers. In both English and Spanish, Kruger asks in her recognizable bold, black-and-white font: “Who do you believe?” “Who do you hurt?” “Who do you hate?” “¿Quién es el que amas?” In the context of the imminent and divisive 2020 US Presidential Election, the ongoing struggles against systemic racism and a pandemic that has affected millions of Americans and others worldwide, such questions have never been more consequential.

Untitled (Who?) will remain on view through January 15, 2021. The work follows another urgent mural, Untitled (Who is housed when money talks?) (2020), created for the Rental Affordability Act campaign headquarters on Sunset Boulevard last January; as well as Kruger’s major citywide project, Untitled (Questions) (2020), unveiled during Frieze Week LA 2020, which included installations on street banners and billboards, at Union Station and the Banc of California Stadium, among other locations. In addition, the artist’s monumental work of the same name, Untitled (Questions) (1990/2018), is visible on the north facade of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, through November 2020.

Barbara Kruger – Untitled (Who?) – Los Angeles

Barbara Kruger
Untitled (Who is housed when money talks?), 2020
Installation view, Rental Affordability Act campaign headquarters, Los Angeles, 2020

 

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Barbara Kruger – Untitled (Who?) – Los Angeles

Barbara Kruger
Untitled (Who is housed when money talks?), 2020
Installation view, Rental Affordability Act campaign headquarters, Los Angeles, 2020

 

This work extends a long and celebrated history of public projects by Kruger across the world, including many in Los Angeles, that pose direct and pressing questions to viewers. In both English and Spanish, Kruger asks in her recognizable bold, black-and-white font: “Who do you believe?” “Who do you hurt?” “Who do you hate?” “¿Quién es el que amas?” In the context of the imminent and divisive 2020 US Presidential Election, the ongoing struggles against systemic racism and a pandemic that has affected millions of Americans and others worldwide, such questions have never been more consequential.

Untitled (Who?) will remain on view through January 15, 2021. The work follows another urgent mural, Untitled (Who is housed when money talks?) (2020), created for the Rental Affordability Act campaign headquarters on Sunset Boulevard last January; as well as Kruger’s major citywide project, Untitled (Questions) (2020), unveiled during Frieze Week LA 2020, which included installations on street banners and billboards, at Union Station and the Banc of California Stadium, among other locations. In addition, the artist’s monumental work of the same name, Untitled (Questions) (1990/2018), is visible on the north facade of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, through November 2020.