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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

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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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Kruger, an artist whose subversively direct works address such themes as power, sexual politics and money, is mostly on target as a social and cultural critic in these essays, reviews and prose poems originally published in Artforum , Esquire , the Village Voice and elsewhere during the last 14 years. She forcefully describes TV as a thought-control device, a powerful sedative that aims to satisfy viewers' needs for order, control and connection; and her critique is buttressed by a sophisticated analysis of documentaries, courtroom dramas and an array of popular series. Her brilliant movie reviews capture the creative ferment of experimental and international filmmaking and expose the pretensions of mainstream fare. The big and small screen predominate in this miscellany, but Kruger also has much to say on radio host Howard Stern (``crazily funny'' but also an embodiment of ``dangerously unexamined populism''), Andy Warhol, work, money and photography. (Nov.)

"A feast of insight into gender, sex, and contemporary culture,staged as sneak attacks filled with devastating grace, acuity, andwit." Carole S. Vance, Columbia University "As a visual artist, Barbara Kruger has led the way in challengingthe separation of public and private life. In Remote Control,she is a talking viewer with a hit-and-run attitude. Her vividcommentary on TV and film will galvanize even the most jaded withits social clarity and its savvy sense of cultural justice." Andrew Ross, Director, American Studies Program, New York University

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