Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your Gaze Hits the Side of My Face), 1981. Photograph, red painted frame, 4’7” x 3’ 5”.
Kruger has explored the “male gaze” in her art. Using the layout technique of mass media, she constructed this word-and-photograph collage to challenge culturally constructed notions of gender.
Xu Bing, A Book From the Sky, 1987. Installation at Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991. Moveable-type prints and books.
Xu trained as a printmaker in Beijing. A Book From the Sky, with its invented Chinese woodblock characters, may be a stinging critique of the meaninglessness of contemporary political language.
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing, 1766. Oil on canvas, 2’ 8 5/8” x 2’ 2”.
Fragonard’s Swing epitomizes Rococo style. Pastel colors and soft light complement a scene in which a young lady flirtatiously kicks off her shoe at a statue of Cupid while her lover watches.
Lola Guerra, Nebula Humilis