Monday, September 15, 2008

Many believe that this painting is autobiographical, an affirmation of Kruger's Nasalism (see "Kruger Picks" by Jason Karmody, New York Magazine, April 10, 2009, and "Kruger's Nose," Art in America, January 2010), but while taking no position for or against the practice (see "Kruger Laughs," New York Times, April 16, 2009), Kruger denies that she picks and resents the suggestion that there is literal connection between her life and her work. A careful study of the Kruger literature supports her in this regard. See Kruger (New York: Abrams, 2009) 61-63, and the catalog of her recent show at New York's Museum of Modern Art, page 102. All doubt, surely, was removed when the Mary Boone Gallery, despite the fact that it represents Kruger, did not include her in "Nasalism - A Group Show," in June 2013.

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