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Jenny Holzer

American, b. 1950

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Jenny Holzer

American, b. 1950

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Biography

Jenny Holzer’s truisms, such as “Abuse of power comes as no surprise” and “Protect me from what I want,” have appeared on posters, billboards, and even condoms, and as LED signs and monumental light projections. Whether questioning consumerism, describing torture, or lamenting death and disease, her use of language (sometimes mistaken for advertising when installed in public spaces) is designed to agitate and disturb. Holzer’s recent work ranges from silk-screened paintings of declassified government memos to a large-scale poetry and light installation in the lobby of 7 World Trade Center, New York. In 1990, Holzer received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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Solo show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 9 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 22 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

Jenny Holzer’s truisms, such as “Abuse of power comes as no surprise” and “Protect me from what I want,” have appeared on posters, billboards, and even condoms, and as LED signs and monumental light projections. Whether questioning consumerism, describing torture, or lamenting death and disease, her use of language (sometimes mistaken for advertising when installed in public spaces) is designed to agitate and disturb. Holzer’s recent work ranges from silk-screened paintings of declassified government memos to a large-scale poetry and light installation in the lobby of 7 World Trade Center, New York. In 1990, Holzer received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 9 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 22 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Shows Featuring Jenny Holzer
Articles Featuring Jenny Holzer
This Artwork Changed My Life: Jenny Holzer’s “Inflammatory Essays”
Apr 14th, 2020
This Artwork Changed My Life: Jenny Holzer’s “Inflammatory Essays”
Body Issues: Feminist Artists of the 1970s Used Art to Condemn Sexual Violence
Jan 14th, 2020
Body Issues: Feminist Artists of the 1970s Used Art to Condemn Sexual Violence
What Sold at Art Basel in Miami Beach
Dec 9th, 2019
What Sold at Art Basel in Miami Beach
What Sold at Frieze and TEFAF in New York
May 6th, 2019
What Sold at Frieze and TEFAF in New York
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