15. Barbara Kruger
Exhibitions: Created the sets for the L.A Dance Project (May 23 - 25, 2013)
Barbara Kruger had memorable pieces at Frieze New York and Art Basel with L&M Gallery, but she hasn't had a formal exhibition this year. It didn't stop her from remaining influential or outspoken, though, and 2013 marked her first comment on Supreme (and other brands') use of her style in their logos and imaging.
Upon Supreme's lawsuit of Married to the Mob, Barbara Kruger responded via email to Complex, calling the situation what it truly is, "a ridiculous clusterf**k of totally uncool jokers." She added, "I make my work about this kind of sadly foolish farce. I'm waiting for all of them to sue me for copyright infringement." Kruger making this comment was a huge moment, since she had not gone on the record about her work being imitated by others in such depth beforehand. In a world where borrowing images and ideas has become the norm, Kruger's sentiment needed to be heard. And yeah, it was the ultimate ether to a company that's prided itself on being unique and original, which in many ways, they are not, at least when you look at how they've been clearly using Kruger's style for years.
On a more positive note, Kruger's stage design for Benjamin Millepied's "L.A. Dance Project" was finally revealed, and it has the text, "Stay/Think of Me/Thinking of You." While it's only being performed in Amsterdam right now, we're hoping it travels for the rest of us to see it. -Cedar Pasori