Barbara Kruger

Untitled (We Will No Longer Be Seen and Not Heard)


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Barbara Kruger born 1945
Lithograph on paper
Support, each: 522 × 522 mm
frame: 580 × 580 × 24 mm
Purchased 1986

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Kruger aims to challenge the viewer's expectations through striking juxtapositions of found photographs and provocative text. Her works criticise the spectacle of mass-media imagery while taking advantage of it as a powerful means of communication. She employs language to question cultural stereotypes, often using the opposition of 'we' (women) and 'you' (men) as a way of attacking the fact that art and culture are usually directed towards a male viewer. But here, the 'we' for whom she speaks is not made clear. In this work, Kruger mixes sign language, gesture and words to enforce or counteract meaning.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

P77166 Untitled ('We Will No Longer Be Seen and Not Heard') 1985

Nine colour lithographs with photo-lino and silkscreen, each 520 × 520 (20 1/2 × 20 1/2) on Arches 88 paper, same size; printed at Derrière L'Etoile Studios, New York and published by Peter Blum Editions, New York in an edition of 50 plus 10 artist's proofs
Each inscribed ‘Barbara Kruger 1985’ b.r. and ‘13/50’ b.l.
Purchased from Nigel Greenwood Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1986
Lit: ‘Prints & Photographs Published’, Print Collector's Newsletter, vol.16, July–Aug. 1985, pp.100–1; Sarah Cecil, ‘Barbara Kruger's 9 Untitled Photo-Lithographs’, Art News, vol.84, no.8, Oct. 1985, p.94; Steven Kolsteren, ‘From Crater to Character’ in Peter Blum Editions New York II: Cucchi, Fischl, Kruger, Stalder, Turrell, exh. cat., Groninger Museum, Groningen 1985, pp.11–12, repr. pp.28–9 (unspecified impression); Kathleen McCarthy Gauss, ‘Barbara Kruger’ in New American Photography, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art 1985, p.93; Jenny Harper, ‘Barbara Kruger Gives You All She's Got’ and Lita Barrie, ‘Beyond the Looking Glass: Your Truths Are Illusions’ in Barbara Kruger, exh. cat., National Art Gallery, Wellington 1988, pp.18, 29, repr. no.17 (col., unspecified impression). Also repr: A Different Climate, exh. cat., Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf 1986, p.16 (col., unspecified impression); Eau de Cologne No.2, Cologne 1987, pp.6–7; Journal of the Print World, vol.11, no.2, Spring 1988, p.23 (detail)

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Published in:
Tate Gallery: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1986-88, London 1996


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