By: Stephanie Haenn Entering the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Art Museum, one instantly recognizes the uniqueness of the select … More
By Nicole Ziegler Entering Sotheby’s, the art world becomes a marketplace defined by its assets. The upscale vendor’s attention to … More
By Nicole Ziegler Though the art scene dwindles as summer encroaches on New York, Rain Room (2012) and the larger … More
Barbara Kruger’s Belief + Doubt, a long-term exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., explores the themes of power, faith, consumerism, and desire through large-scale textual adages. Vinyl sheeting printed in Kruger’s characteristic red, black, and white hues boldly display open-ended axioms, prompting viewers to internalize, question, and dispute deceivingly simple phrases. Belief + Doubt represents a site-specific work, not only through the vinyl sheeting that climbs and envelops the building’s architecture, but also through the strategic placement of the exhibit within the Hirshhorn gift shop and, more broadly, within the Nation’s capital. Kruger’s work reinterprets the role of the museum in modern society, directly addressing and involving the spectator in an environment traditionally reserved for passive observation.