Friday, September 17, 2010

The New Barbara Kruger Installation at the Foot of the High Line is Fucking Dope

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Barbara Kruger Meatpacking District

Feminist Agitprop Pop artist Barbara Kruger's new installation at the Whitney Downtown construction site (pictured) is well worth trekking through the Meatpacking District for (see it best from up on the High Line), and even offers an incisive history of the area. More views and a partial transcript after the jump.

One side of the fence around the site says in big white on black letters: "FROM BLOOD TO MEAT, TO LEATHER, TO FLESH, TO SILK." While the Whitney Museum gets ready to start construction on its new Meatpacking District building, which will likely become its primary venue, they've been commissioning contemporary artists to treat the site as a massive installation (most recently Tauba Auerbach). Kruger's isn't only the best installation here to date, but the best public artwork anywhere in the city so far this season, period.

Along the fence under the High Line bordering the Whitney construction site at Gansevoort and Washington Streets:

Barbara Kruger Meatpacking District

On the side of a building in back of the Whitney site:

Barbara Kruger Meatpacking District

The installation from the stairs up onto the High Line:

Barbara Kruger Meatpacking District

Another view of the installation from atop the High Line:

Barbara Kruger Meatpacking District

Full text of the main floor piece, as seen from the High Line:

Barbara Kruger Meatpacking District

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