|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)|