Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
Years active: 1982 - Present
Barbara Kruger is another example of an artist who is extremely influential throughout the art world but whose early street art has been mostly forgotten. In a classic example of détournement, Kruger's utilizes the imagery and style of advertising to comment on issues such as sexism and our culture of consumption. Within street art and street culture, she has been a major influence on Shepard Fairey, and the Supreme logo very clearly references her work. Back in May when Supreme was in a legal battle with Married to the Mob for appropriating Supreme's logo, Kruger finally commenting on the situation and Supreme's appropriation of art by calling Supreme "a ridiculous clusterfuck of uncool jokers."