Barbara Kruger, No Progress in Pleasure


Barbara Kruger
No Progress in Pleasure. 
Buffalo: CEPA Gallery, 1982.

Thin 4to.; illustrated throughout in black and white; illustrated wrappers. Near fine.

First edition. This is the first artists' book Kruger created after developing her mature style. This work, consisting of stark black and white images combined with provacative text in an aggressive typeface (Futura Extra Bold Italic) quickly became her signature style and with it Kruger went on to produce some of the most iconic images of the 1980s. Kruger often presented her work outside the usual art world venues, frequently in public settings or in easily distributable mass media formats, including books, posters, billboards, and magazine covers. For Kruger the work was not simply imagery and content but instead consisted of the process of engaging the public with a critique of society.  This book was published with CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, a space that for several years in the 80s was among the most dynamic art venues in the world. During this time CEPA exhibited work and published artists books with John Baldessari, Sarah Charlesworth, Richard Prince, William Wegman, Laurie Simmons, and James Casebere, along with Kruger and others.
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