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Jenny Holzer

SELECTED WORKS
Living: Just one rotten spot in your head…
1981
Hand painted enamel on metal sign: black on white

Edition of 5
21 x 23 inches (53.3 x 58.4 cm)
Signed in ink verso on label
(Inventory #36059)

Living: Damage is done by the tacit understanding…
1981
Text on cast bronze plaque

Edition of 3
6 x 9 1/2 inches (15.2 x 24.1 cm)
Engraved ‘JH 663 2/3’ on reverse in center
(Inventory #36035)

Survival: Remorse in advance is efficient
1984
Text on cast aluminum plaque

Edition of 10
3 x 10 inches (7.6 x 25.4 cm)
Engraved ‘JH 113 x/10’ on reverse in center
(Inventory #36031)

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Amber Essays-text: Selections from Inflammatory Essays 1979-82
1979-1982/2003
Electronic LED signs with color diodes and anodized aluminum housing

Edition of 20
16 1/2 x 2 x 1/2 inches (5.1 x 41.9 x 1.3 cm) or 2 x 16 1/2 x 1/2 inches (can be installed vertically or horizontally / the above image shows both possibilities)
Signed on back
(Inventory #36102)

VOTING IS YOUR SUPERPOWER from the series YOU VOTE, Atlanta Georgia, December 15, 2020
2021
Pigment print

Edition of 12
Image size: 30 5/8 x 45 7/8 inches (77.8 x 116.5 cm)
Paper size: 33 5/8 x 48 7/8 inches (85.4 x 124.1 cm)
Signed and numbered lower right in graphite
(Inventory #33672)

AKA
2006
Set of five etchings

Edition of 40
Image size: 19 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches each (49 x 37.5 cm each)
Paper size: 29 13/16 x 22 5/16 inches each (75.7 x 56.7 cm each)
Signed lower right and numbered lower left on the first print of the set
(Inventory #34059)

20 Inflammatory Essays
1979-82
Set of 20 offset posters on colored paper

Signed on one sheet, on reverse
Image/paper size:  17 x 17 inches  (43.2 x 43.2 cm)
(Inventory #26146)

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8 Truisms
1977-79
Set of eight offset posters on paper

Image/paper size:  34 3/4 x 22 7/8 inches  (88.3 x 58.1 cm)
Signed lower right on last sheet
(Inventory #30423)

Truth Before Power
1983-1985; 1996; Cole, 2004
Set of four digital pigment prints

Edition of 40
Signed and numbered on colophon page
Image size:  19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches each  (50.2 x 40 cm each)
Paper size:  21 7/8 x 17 3/4 inches each  (55.6 x 45.1 cm each)
(Inventory #33752)

Text: Selections from Survival (1983-85) and Arno (1996) by Jenny Holzer; US government document: “Iraqi Pipeline Through Jordan”; and “To the Forty-Third President,” from Blackbird and Wolf by Henri Cole.  Copyright © 2007 by Henri Cole.  Used by/reprinted with permission from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC

Available only as a set.

Conclusion black
2016
Aquatint and white ground etching

Text: U.S. government document
Edition of 35, 10 AP
Image/plate size: 22 x 17 inches (55.9 x 43.2 cm)
Paper size: 27 x 21 1/2 inches (68.6 x 54.6 cm)
Signed and dated lower right, numbered lower left in graphite
(Inventory #33096)

Selection from ‘Living 1980 – 1982’
1999
Heliogravure on Zerkall rag paper

Edition of 99
Image size: 14 7/16 x 21 3/8 inches (36.7 x 54.3 cm)
Plate size: 14 5/8 x 22 5/8 inches (37.1 x 57.5 cm)
Paper size: 17 5/8 x 24 1/4 inches (44.8 x 61.6 cm)
Signed lower right, numbered lower left
(Inventory #30265)

Additional Information

American installation and conceptual artist. Her studies included general art courses at Duke University, Durham, NC (1968-70), and then painting, printmaking and drawing at the University of Chicago before completing her BFA at Ohio University, Athens (1972). In 1974 she took summer courses at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, entering its MFA program in 1975 and beginning her first work with language, installation and public art. Holzer moved to New York in 1977. Her first public works, Truisms (1977-79), appeared in the form of anonymous broadsheets pasted on buildings, walls and fences in and around Manhattan. Commercially printed in cool, bold italics, numerous one-line statements such as ‘Abuse of power comes as no surprise’ and ‘There is a fine line between information and propaganda’, were meant to be provocative and elicit public debate. Thereafter Holzer used language and the mechanics of late 20th-century communications as an assault on established notions of where art should be shown, with what intention and for whom. Her texts took the forms of posters, monumental and electronic signs, billboards, television and her signature medium, the LED (light emitting diode) sign. Other works appeared on T-shirts, tractor hats, stickers, metal plaques, park benches and sarcophagi. The LED signs have been placed in high-impact public spaces such as Times Square, New York, as well as in art galleries and museums.

Bibliography

Jenny Holzer: Signs (exh. cat., Des Moines, IA, A. Cent., 1986-7) Jenny Holzer (exh. cat. by D. Waldman, New York, Guggenheim, 1989-90) M. Auping: Jenny Holzer (New York, 1992)

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Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), The Art Show 2022

November 3, 2022
- November 6, 2022

One Wall, One Work: Jenny Holzer

January 13, 2022
- April 14, 2022

International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Fair Spring 2021 Online Edition

May 14, 2021
- May 28, 2021

“Fragile” (online only)

November 12, 2020
- December 23, 2020

Featuring the works of Robert Barry, Jenny Holzer, Louise Lawler, Frank Poor, and Haim Steinbach

International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA), Fine Art Print Fair (online only) 2020

October 7, 2020
- November 1, 2020

Deep and High
(online only)

June 17, 2020
- August 5, 2020

Featuring works by Sam Durant, Jenny Holzer, Kay Rosen, Allen Ruppersberg, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, and Fred Wilson

Jenny Holzer: Text Works

May 4, 2020
- June 13, 2020

One Wall, One Work: Jenny Holzer

April 11, 2020
- May 9, 2020

Now and Later

March 7, 2020
- April 4, 2020

Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), The Art Show 2019

February 27, 2019
- March 3, 2019

Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), The Art Show 2018

February 27, 2018
- March 4, 2018

One Wall, One Work:
Jenny Holzer

January 6, 2018
- February 10, 2018

Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) Art Show 2017

March 1, 2017
- March 5, 2017

 

 

 

Jenny Holzer:
1977-2013

March 21, 2015
- April 25, 2015

One Wall, One Work:
Jenny Holzer

March 21, 2015
- April 25, 2015

International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Art Fair, New York 2013

November 6, 2013
- November 10, 2013

ANNOTATIONS

January 28, 2012
- March 10, 2012

Featuring works by Jenny Holzer, Shellburne Thurber, and Kara Walker

No Known None

June 11, 2011
- August 2, 2011

Featuring works by Tara Donovan, Jenny Holzer, Glenn Ligon, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, and Kate Shepherd

Moving Patterns

June 16, 2010
- August 3, 2010

Featuring works by Jenny Holzer, Ellsworth Kelly, Sherrie Levine, Charles LeDray, Robert Moskowitz, Liliana Porter, Kiki Smith,  and Shellburne Thurber

Holding Patterns

May 8, 2010
- June 15, 2010

Featuring works by Jenny Holzer, Matthew Day Jackson, Sherrie Levine, Robert Moskowitz, Eleanor Antin, Lorna Simpson, and Kiki Smith