Untitled (You can't drag your money into the grave with you)


Photograph and type on paper

18 x 23 cm (7 1/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

Three evenly spaced white lines run across a black and white picture of a brand new pair of leather shoes lying on grass. They frame isolated words that, put end to end, say, "you can't drag your money into the grave with you".

Since the 1970s, American artist Barbara Kruger has developed a singular photographic practice based on found images, essentially in black and white, to which she affixes words in black or red that turn out to be maxims, often ironic in view of the figurative context.

Untitled (You Can't Drag Your Money Into the Grave With You) was presented for the first time by the Pinault Collection at the "Mapping the Studio" show (2009-2011) at the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi in Venice.