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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 …

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Hand-signed by artist, sticker label, Signed on label on reverse

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 recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), MCA Chicago
Selected exhibitions
2020
IT’S CRUCIAL TO HAVE AN ACTIVE FANTASY LIFEKukje Gallery
2019
Jenny Holzer: Thing IndescribableGuggenheim Museum Bilbao
2018
Artist Rooms: Jenny HolzerTate
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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 × 2 × 1/2 in
41.9 × 5.1 × 1.3 cm
Edition of 20
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$20,000
Location
Boston
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Influenced by Holzer’s readings of political, art, religious, utopian, and other manifestos, the …

Medium
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, sticker label, Signed on label on reverse

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.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), MCA Chicago
Selected exhibitions (3)
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