Remote Control: Power, Cultures, and the World of Appearances

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MIT Press, 1994 - Art - 251 pages
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"As a visual artist, Barbara Kruger has led the way in challenging the separation of public and private life. In Remote Control, she is a talking viewer with a hit-and-run attitude. Her vivid commentary on TV and film will galvanize even the most jaded with its social clarity and its savvy sense of cultural justice."
-- Andrew Ross, Director, American Studies Program, New York University

"A feast of insight into gender, sex, and contemporary culture, staged as sneak attacks filled with devastating grace, acuity, and wit."
-- Carole S. Vance, Columbia University Who speaks? Who is silent? Who is seen? Who is absent? These questions focus on how cultures are constructed through pictures and words, how we are seduced into a world of appearances: into a pose of who we are and aren't. On both an emotional and an economic level, images and texts have the power to make us rich or poor.

Barbara Kruger is an artist whose pictures and words engage issues of power, sex, money, difference, and death. In these essays and reviews, written over the last decade, she addresses that power with intelligence and wit, in the hope of engaging both our criticality and our dreams of affirmation.

 

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Contents

Arts and Leisures
2
Quality
8
Remaking History
12
An Unsightly Site
16
Contempt and Adoration
20
Prick Up Your Ears
25
TV Guides
33
April 1989
34
Dead People Jews Roger Deutsch
135
The Draughtsmans Contract Peter Greenaway
139
Casual Shopper Judith Barry Call It Sleep Isaac Cronin and Terrel Seltzer
142
Kids R Us or Viva Poland or Laudable Odds and Ends New York Film Festival
147
The Karen Carpenter Story Todd Haynes
159
On Representation and Sexuality
163
The Visual Rhetoric of Black Independent Film
168
Zina Ken McMullen
172

September 1990
38
January 1986
41
September 1987
44
September 1989
47
September 1986
50
May 1986
53
Summer 1988
58
January 1987
61
January 1988
63
November 1989
66
March 1986
70
May 1987
75
November 1985
78
March 1988
81
November 1986
83
March 1987
86
November 1987
90
October 1979
93
A Film Treatment
97
Moving Pictures
103
Virtue and Vice on 65th Street New York Film Festival
104
The Man Who Envied Women Yvonne Rainer
113
Territories Isaac Julien Passion of Remembrance Isaac Julien and Maureen Blackwood Handsworth Songs John Akomfrah
117
American Pictures Jacob Holdt
121
Virtual Play Steve Fagin
125
Insignificance Nicolas Roeg
128
The Nightmare Woman Lothar Lambert
132
Corny Stories Kim Ingraham Vertigo Three Character Descrip tions Rea Tajiri
175
Fury is a Feeling Too Cynthia Beatt
179
Portrait of Jason The Connection SavageLove Shirley Clarke
181
The Golden Eighties Chantal Akerman Heart Like a Wheel Jonathan Kaplan
185
The New York Film Festival
190
Mammame Raul Ruiz
193
1 The Trap Door Beth B and Scott B
196
A Question of Silence Marleen Gorris
199
Frank Tashlin
202
White Dog Sam Fuller
205
Position Papers
209
Not Nothing
210
Flash
212
The promise of Fashion when time stands still
214
documenta 7
216
Work and Money
218
Incorrect
220
Picturing Greatness
222
Repeat After
223
American Manhood
224
Not Funny
226
IronyPassion
228
Untitled
229
Job Description
233
Credits
235
Index
237
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Barbara Kruger is an artist whose pictures and words engage issues of power, sex, money, difference, and death. Her work has appeared throughout America, Europe, and Japan in galleries, newspapers, magazines, and museums and on billboards, matchbooks, TV programs, t-shirts, postcards, and shopping bags. She has written about television, film, and cultures for "Artforum", "Esquire", the "New York Times", and the "Village Voice".

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