Thief or Thirsty: Supreme vs Barbara Kruger
Welcome to Thief Or Thirsty, the game where you decide who's real, and who's fake. Has a thief stolen someone's work, or is a thirsty poser claiming ownership of something that they don't own? It's free to play, all you have to do is have convictions, and communicate respectfully. That means no bad words, and no personal attacks; if they're a poser they're a poser, that has nothing to do with race, gender, sexual preference, weight, age, or any other personal attributes. Conversely, you can't talk about your own work. If you're complimenting someone's work your only goal should be to find the best words to make your sentiment feel intentional and immediate. If you're criticizing someone for stealing someone else's idea it's a very slippery slope between the high road of shaming a poser, and the low road of degrading another creative. So, that means if you take it upon yourself to levy criticism you need to make sure
1.) You know what you're talking about
2.) You stick to the objective facts
🤑And if you're ready to put your money where your mouth is, you can always support the artist by making a purchase or a donation. 🤑
Here's the facts homies:
Barbara Kruger spent many years working for Condé Nast in a time when art was not nearly as accessible as it is now. She utilized her experience laying out magazines at Condé Nast in her art, and the result is literally history: art history, culture history, world history, women's history, and just history in general. Barbara Kruger's ideas are so powerful and influential that contemporary culture would not be the same without her. And it's not just because she put white futura on a red block over an image–a practice that she developed while busting her ass at the bottom of the capitalist totem pole for those magazines–it's because she used text, image, and signifier in an unprecedented manner. Don't let the simplicity of hindsight fool you, Barbara is an art wizard of the highest order.
Supreme is an emblem of irresponsible capitalism. 50% of Supreme is owned by the carlyle group, whose investment portfolio and history are deplorable at best. So, that means that half of all the money you spend at Supreme goes back to a company that has shady ties to the US military-industrial complex as well as the politicians who regulate it . And this thirsty capitalist cigarette boat is burning through a sea of money and finite natural resources on Barbara Kruger's gasoline.
In typical poser fashion, the irony could not be more potent. The art that Supreme ripped off represents Barbara Kruger's anti-capitalist ethos. Supreme took some art about the pitfalls of consumerism and bootlegged it as the logo for their incredibly vapid consumer sinkhole lodge. It's like using your empty big mac boxes to spell out "I'm a vegetarian." Supreme is owned–in part–by a company that oppresses and abuses citizens via capitalism, and Supreme's logo is based on art that warns of the dangers of capitalism: pretty simple really.