- 1945 - Present
- She works primarily in black and white.
- Her typefaces include ‘Future Bold Oblique’ and ‘Helvetica Ultra Condensed’.
- Her works are very aggressive and are made to put her point across.
- She attended Parson’s School of Design.
- Her work is often seen better at billboard size.
- She has made covers for world famous fashion magazine Elle.
- She is a huge feminist, which again compliments her aggressive tones.
- She doesn’t often take the image herself, they are almost entirely found images from the past.
- She’s a conceptual artist.
- She sometimes uses poetry within her works.
- Her themes include:
- Racial Abuse
- Gender Equality
Barbara Kruger is probably a popular Postmodernist artist to many people, however I definitely had to include her in my research even though she hasn’t designer her own typeface.
Her works are primarily made from found images which is something that attracted me in the first place. I’m fascinated by history and their black and white imperfect images create an amazing theme throughout her work.
She uses a red border to create a bold impact around her images but then also uses it as a background to her type. This makes you look towards the writing rather than the image and I think this a really great technique she has used.
The first image above was created for one of many feminist demonstrations and the last image is of one of her most recent exhibitions. I think that this is unlike any other exhibition I have ever seen, as her work is quite literally everywhere and you are taken aback by how much impact it has on you.
The second image is an example of how her type isn’t always horizontal. She does use angles and varying sizes of text which show’s she isn’t afraid to mix it up a little too.