Los Angeles: Barbara Kruger, 1978. 1st Edition. Oblong octavo, publisher's stiff blue paper wraps lettered in white.
American multimedia and collage artist Barbara Kruger’s first book. Born in 1945, Kruger initially worked as a graphic designer and art director before switching over to the contemporary collage-making practice for which she is now internationally revered. Layering found black-and-white photos, often from mass-media publications, overlaid with bold extracts of text, Kruger merges the private and public as a means of investigating consumerism, desire, feminism, and individual autonomy in a late-capitalist economy. Self-published in 1978, this small artist's book is made up of full-page black-and-white photos of house exteriors in Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Deerfield Beach, alongside mini-narratives centered on the buildings’ imagined inhabitants. This was the first instance in which Kruger combined text and image, presaging her now-signature agitprop collage style of the early 1980s. In 2007, Mary Boone gallery presented the work from this book for the first time in an exhibition of the same name. Trace of sticker residue to inside of upper wrap, with offsetting to opposite page. Sunning to spine, some creasing and edgewear to wraps. Very good. Scarce. Item #6520