NJ-born artist Barbara Kruger was present at Design Miami this week where she showed Untitled (Kiss), a three-legged with a top printed with the word “kiss.” Each red, white and black stool is hand-numbered and finished on the underside with the artist’s stamp of authenticity.
Working off of Finnish furniture brand Aalto’s Stool 60 silhouette, the item made its debut at Frieze London in October 2019 with 300 stools. Working through London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and Artek, which produces Aalto’s designs, Kruger created a second and final run of 300 units for Design Miami.
Commenting on the effort in a press release, Kruger stated, “This project has been a wonderful opportunity to work with Aalto’s classic piece of modernist furniture, while at the same time supporting the ICA [Institute of Contemporary Arts], the first institution that offered me a one-person show of my work in 1983.
“I was honored, a bit intimidated, but hugely thrilled by both the ICA and the complex and vital city that was, is, and will always be London. The memory of that exhibition, the wonderful space, the excitement and buzz of the ICA’s program of visuality and intellectually rigorous public programming, its bookstore and crazily cool cafe, will never fade in my mind.”
Priced at 450 pounds, Kruger and Aalto’s (Untitled) Kiss stool is now available to order on ICA’s online store here. The item will ship in February 2020.