Major Barbara Kruger acquisitions by LA museums Los Angeles

June 24, 2011

“The Hammer Museum has just finalized the purchase of a room-sized video installation from her current exhibition at L&M Arts in Venice, her first local show since a 1999 survey at MOCA. And the L.A. County Museum of Art has acquired a 94-foot tall work that wraps around the elevator shaft at BCAM, the Renzo Piano building that the museum opened in 2008,” The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Hammer purchased a 2010 piece entitled The Globe Shrinks, comprising a four-channel video installation. “The video has her usual subjects of power, hypocrisy and brutality, but I think it’s done with great humor and it’s also very beautiful,” Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin told The LA Times. “In a way in the video she gets to be even more nuanced and layered – there’s a subtlety to the work.”

At Kruger’s gallery, Mary Boone in New York, the video was priced around $125,000 in an edition of six.

LACMA acquired Untitled (Shafted), which has been on display since 2008 when it was commissioned for the Broad Contemporary Art Museum expansion of LACMA. Songwriter and LACMA trustee Carole Bayer Sager is buying the work for the museum for an undisclosed amount, according to The LA Times.

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