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Barbara Kruger Quotes and Sayings

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I just say I'm an artist who works with pictures and words.
- Barbara Kruger

Warhol's images made sense to me, although I knew nothing
at the time of his background in commercial art.
To be honest, I didn't think about him a hell of a lot.
- Barbara Kruger

You know, one of the only times I ever wrote about
art was the obituary of Warhol that I did for the Village Voice.
- Barbara Kruger

I think I developed language skills to deal with threat.
It's the girl thing to do-you know, instead of pulling out a gun.
- Barbara Kruger

 

What makes the production of my work so expensive?
The whole installation thing -
the construction,
the objects, the technology.
It really adds up.
- Barbara Kruger

I think what I'm trying to do is create moments of recognition.
To try to detonate some kind of feeling or understanding of lived experience.
- Barbara Kruger

As with the Princess Di crash, which sent the media
on the most insane feeding frenzy.
From the moment of the crash, the pornography of sentiment never let up.
- Barbara Kruger

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There are so many moments and works that influence us in what we do.
Movies, music, TV and, most importantly,
the profound everydayness of our lives.
- Barbara Kruger

I had to figure out how to bring the world into my work.
- Barbara Kruger

I feel uncomfortable with the term public art,
because I'm not sure what it means.
If it means what I think it does, then I don't do it.
I'm not crazy about categories.
- Barbara Kruger

I want people to be drawn into the space of the work.
And a lot of people are like me in that they have relatively short attention spans.
So I shoot for the window of opportunity.
- Barbara Kruger

I think there are different ways of being rigorous,
and I am asking people to be as rigorous in their pleasure as in their criticism.
- Barbara Kruger

Do you know why language manifests itself the way it
does in my work? It's because I understand short attention spans.
- Barbara Kruger

Listen: our culture is saturated with irony whether we know it or not.
- Barbara Kruger

I try to deal with the complexities of power and social life,
but as far as the visual presentation goes I purposely
avoid a high degree of difficulty.
- Barbara Kruger

I don't necessarily think that installation is the only way to go.
It's just a label for certain kinds of arrangements.
- Barbara Kruger

If most American cities are about the consumption of culture,
Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture -
not only national culture but global culture.
- Barbara Kruger

I'd always been a news junkie, always read lots of
newspapers and watched the Sunday morning news shows
on TV and felt strongly about issues of power,
control, sexuality and race.
- Barbara Kruger

I think that every so-called history book and film
biography should be prefaced by the statement that
what follows is the author's rendition of events and circumstances.
- Barbara Kruger

Look, we're all saddled with things that make us better or worse.
This world is a crazy place, and I've chosen to make
my work about that insanity.
- Barbara Kruger

I've always thought that it's good to watch the news
to find out what everybody else is looking at and believing,
if only because that's how consensus is constructed.
- Barbara Kruger

All the gossip and craziness becomes a kind of sustained narrative which,
in turn, can become history.
It's scary.
- Barbara Kruger

Prominence is cool, but when the delusion kicks in it can be a drag.
Especially if you choose to surround yourself with
friends and not acolytes.
- Barbara Kruger

Although my art work was heavily informed by my design
work on a formal and visual level,
as regards meaning and content the two practices parted ways.
- Barbara Kruger

I'm trying to deal with ideas about histories,
fame, hearsay, and how public identities are constructed.
- Barbara Kruger

I'm an artist who works with pictures and words.
Sometimes that stuff ends up in different kinds of
sites and contexts which determine what it means and looks like.
- Barbara Kruger

I'm living my life, not buying a lifestyle.
- Barbara Kruger

It's good to keep in mind that prominence is always a mix of hard work,
eloquence in your practice, good timing and fortuitous social relations.
Everything can't be personalized.
- Barbara Kruger

Things change and work changes.
Right now I like the idea of enveloping a space and
getting messages across that connect to the world in
ways that seem familiar but are different.
- Barbara Kruger

Direct address has been a consistent tactic in my work,
regardless of the medium that I'm working in.
- Barbara Kruger

I think people have to set up little battles.
They have to demonize people whom they disagree with or feel threatened by.
But it's the ideological framing of the debate that scares me.
- Barbara Kruger

I mean, making art is about objectifying your experience of the world,
transforming the flow of moments into something visual,
or textual, or musical, whatever.
Art creates a kind of commentary.
- Barbara Kruger

There's a moment of recognition.
It's that white-light kind of stuff that just "works."
I love that.
And you know it when it happens, whether it's a movie,
music, a building, a book.
- Barbara Kruger

I think there are lots of ways to make good work.
You can throw big bucks at a project and make what some would call crap,
or you can work very modestly with eloquently moving results.
- Barbara Kruger

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

Is today a day to gather strength from the storm -
a day to to learn life lessons for the next battle?
Or is today a day to sit by the fire
and watch the storm rage outside?
Either way, the storm is just life.
Give thanks for all of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

I love you just the way you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is darkest just before the dawn.
- Proverb

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

One must know not just how to accept a gift,
but with what grace to share it.
- Maya Angelou

I have not failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas Edison

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
- Dave Barry

You don't need a reason to be happy,
just a choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are just as happy
as they make up their minds to be.
- Abraham Lincoln

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

Just Do it!
- Nike ad

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

What if we just pretended that life was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Truth never damages a cause that is just.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If you understand, things are just as they are;
if you do not understand, things are just as they are.
- Zen Proverb

Without zest, what is life?
Just waiting for death?
- Osho

What you don't do daily, you probably won't do weekly either.
What you make a habit of putting-off
just keeps getting pushed away again and again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

You remember lesson about balance?
Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life.
Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River of Life just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Improve what you can
and accept all the rest of life
just as it comes.
Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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