From Publishers Weekly
A thought-provoking critique of television programs and current films in their capacity to influence and shape culture.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Like her work as a visual artist, Kruger's essays, published in such journals as Artforum
and the Village Voice
, are about the ideological messages encoded in popular culture and how those messages convey certain attitudes toward the roles of women and minorities. Probing such seemingly innocuous television programming as "L.A. Law," "Entertainment Tonight," "The Home Shopping Club," "Good Morning, America," and the Iran-Contra hearings, as well as more subversive cultural products such as the independent films of Yvonne Rainer and Chantal Ackerman, Howard Stern's radio show, and the work of Andy Warhol, Kruger deconstructs media and art and shows how words and images manipulate and obscure meaning as they are force-fed down our throats. Kruger is an important contemporary artist, and her writing, while somewhat dense and polemical, is worthy of examination. Benjamin Segedin
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