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Jenny Holzer

Selected Works

Pearl’s Truisms & Survival

Jenny Holzer Pearl’s Truisms & Survival 2013 Horizontal LED sign: RGB diodes, stainless steel housing

Text: Truisms (1977-79) and Survival (1983-85)
9 3/8 x 68 x 2 3/8 inches  (23.6 x 173 x 6.1 cm)
Edition of 6
Signed and numbered on reverse
(Inventory #31516)

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Jenny Holzer Pearl’s Truisms & Survival, 2013

Blue Inflammatory Essays

Jenny Holzer Blue Inflammatory Essays 2008 Curved LED with blue diodes, text from Inflammatory Essays 1979-1982

1 7/8 x 20 x 1/2 inches  (4.8 x 50.8 x 1.3 cm)
Edition of 25
Signed and numbered on the back
(Inventory #27089)

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Jenny Holzer Blue Inflammatory Essays, 2008

Amber Essays-text: Selections from Inflammatory Essays 1979-82

Jenny Holzer Amber Essays-text: Selections from Inflammatory Essays 1979-82 2003 Electronic LED signs with color diodes and anodized aluminum housing, text selections from Inflammatory Essays 1979-82

16 1/2 x 2 x 1/2 inches or 2 x 16 1/2 x 1/2 inches
Edition of 20
Signed on label on reverse
(Inventory #19861)

Influenced by Holzer’s readings of political, art, religious, utopian, and other manifestos, the “Inflammatory Essays” are a collection of 100-word texts. Like any manifesto, the voice in each essay urges and espouses a strong and particular ideology. By masking the author of the essays, Holzer allows the viewer to assess ideologies divorced from the personalities that propel them. With this series, Holzer invites the reader to consider the urgent necessity of social change, the possibility for manipulation of the public, and the conditions that attend revolution. In the present form, the texts scroll along an LED screen. The speed, legibility and amount of digital “noise” varies from text to text. Furthermore, the LED can be hung either horizontally or vertically.

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Jenny Holzer Amber Essays-text: Selections from Inflammatory Essays 1979-82, 2003
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8 Truisms

Jenny Holzer 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 #30422)

Jenny Holzer 8 Truisms, 1977-79

20 Inflammatory Essays

Jenny Holzer 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 #26145)

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Jenny Holzer 20 Inflammatory Essays, 1979-82


Jenny Holzer AKA 2006 Set of five etchings

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)
Edition of 40
Signed lower right and numbered lower left on the first print of the set
(Inventory #30934)

Jenny Holzer AKA, 2006
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Truth Before Power

Jenny Holzer 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 #22453)

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.

Jenny Holzer Truth Before Power, 1983-1985; 1996; Cole, 2004
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Selection from ‘Living 1980 – 1982’

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

Edition of 99
Signed lower right, numbered lower left
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)
(Inventory #24504)

Jenny Holzer Selection from ‘Living 1980 – 1982’, 1999
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Money Creates Taste from Truisms, 1977-79

Jenny Holzer Money Creates Taste from Truisms, 1977-79 2004 Glass paperweight multiple engraved with the words "Money Creates Taste"

Edition of 90, 10 AP
3 x 3 inches  (7.6 x 7.6 cm)
Accompanied with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist
(Inventory #31848)

“Money Creates Taste”, functionally, is a glass paperweight. It incorporates one of Jenny Holzer’s “Truisms” (1977-79), which she wrote to resemble existing truisms, maxims, and clichés. Each Truism distills difficult and contentious ideas into a seemingly straightforward fact. Privileging no single viewpoint, the “Truisms” examine the social construction of beliefs, mores, and truths all while questioning issues of fact, narrative and viewpoint.

The “Truisms” first were shown on anonymous street posters that were wheat-pasted throughout downtown Manhattan, and subsequently have appeared on T-shirts, hats, electronic signs, stone floors, projections and benches, among other supports. As for this specific piece, the words are etched in glass and get warped as one looks at them.  This visual alteration of the words gives a viewer a sense that the statement is not quite “true”. Furthermore, looking at the form of a paperweight, the text is actually meant to hold things down, which is not always a good thing.

For more than forty years, Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including 7 World Trade Center, the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Her medium, whether formulated as a T-shirt, a plaque, or an LED sign, is writing, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of her work. Starting in the 1970s with the New York City posters, and continuing through her recent light projections on landscape and architecture, her practice has rivaled ignorance and violence with humor, kindness, and courage. Holzer received the Leone d’Oro at the Venice Biennale in 1990, the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award in 1996, and the Barnard Medal of Distinction in 2011. She holds honorary degrees from Williams College, the Rhode Island School of Design, The New School, and Smith College. She lives and works in New York.

Jenny Holzer Money Creates Taste from Truisms, 1977-79, 2004
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Exhibition Views

Jenny Holzer Exhibition Views

Jenny Holzer: 1977-2013
March 21, 2015 – April 25, 2015, Barbara Krakow Gallery

Jenny Holzer Exhibition Views,
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Exhibition Views

Jenny Holzer Exhibition Views

Jenny Holzer: Archive
April 28, 2007 – June 6, 2007, Barbara Krakow Gallery

Jenny Holzer Exhibition Views,
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Related Information

  • Artist’s Exhibitions at Krakow Witkin Gallery
  • Jenny Holzer Biography
  • Jenny Holzer Press