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Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Thinking of you) (1999–2000)
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Thinking of you) (1999–2000)courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Four decades’ worth of Barbara Kruger’s art will feature in a new show

The artist’s biggest exhibition in 20 years will spill out into Chicago, before visiting New York, London, and LA

The biggest showcase of Barbara Kruger’s artwork in 20 years will debut at the Art Institute of Chicago this November, titled Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You. 

The exhibition will feature four decades of art, including rarely-seen pieces from the early 80s alongside new work, Artnews reports. That includes large-scale installations, videos, and an audio soundscape that will be exhibited throughout the museum.

If that extensive survey isn’t enough, though, Kruger’s work will also spill out beyond the museum’s bounds, featured on billboards, public transport tickets, and buses around the Chicago area, recalling her historical public artworks.

Recently, the provocative, marketing- and graphic design-inspired artist has joined other female artists – including Nan Goldin and Cindy Sherman – in an exhibition to raise money in support of abortion rights.

Her new exhibition, Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You., “pushes against the notion of a career as a relic or a chronological checklist,” according to the Art Institute of Chicago president and director James Rondeau. 

It will be shown at the gallery November 1, 2020 – February 14, 2021. 

It will then visit New York’s Museum of Modern Art and, in autumn 2021, London’s Hayward Gallery. (Fingers crossed for some Barbara Kruger-designed tube tickets.) The run will finish at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.