FLAG, Ruscha, Kruger, Brain

NY Magazine cover. 2008. Courtesy NY Magazine.

The FLAG Art Foundation last week opened the exhibition WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, curated by Lisa Dennison. The title of the exhibition refers to a painting made in 2000 by Ruscha, whose consumerist aesthetic has influenced a host of artists. Gathered together in this broad show is photography, painting, and sculpture from over 70 artists, including Art:21’s Mark Bradford (Season 4), Roni Horn (Season 3), and Barbara Kruger (Season 1).

By extension, Kruger’s “brainy illustration” for a New York Magazine cover with Eliot Spitzer also recently won magazine cover of the year from the American Society of Magazine Editors.