I'm confused...

Left: Moore in Harper's Bazaar, Right: Currin, The Cripple
I don’t understand why magazines are appropriating artwork that critiques the very culture of perfectionism and consumerism they perpetuate.  Do they not see the ideas behind Barbara Kruger and John Currin's work as being in direct conflict to the unattainable ideals and superficiality that these magazines (and celebrities) promote? Are these publications more self aware than we give them credit?  Or are Kruger and Currin essentially pulling the wool over their eyes?
W Magazine cover w/ Kardashian
Kruger, Untitled (I Shop Therefore I Am)
Kruger, Untitled (Your Body is a Battleground)


Degas Keeping it Real

Degas, The Star, 1878
Degas, Dancers Bending Down, 1885
I’ve seen two incredible exhibitions recently that have changed my mind about artist Edgar Degas— Birth of Impressionism at the Frist in Nashville and The Modern Woman at the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Before these shows, I associated Degas solely with his idealized images of ballerinas above. It always bothered me how he depicted these girls as soft, innocent and sweet when in actuality dancers are tough as nails and their lives can be pretty brutal.  So I was surprised to see the Degas paintings below that portray a less glamorous side of life—a girl getting a pedicure that doesn’t exactly look spa-like and an unflattering angle of a woman bathing.  These images may not be particularly striking given our standards today, but they were painted at a time when people largely viewed art as an escape from banality.  Flowers, seascapes and haystacks were popular subjects, not reminders of mundane daily life.
Degas, The Tub, 1886
Degas, The Pedicure, 1873