Jenny Holzer, ‘These Enhanced Techniques’, 2012, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘These Enhanced Techniques’, 2012, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘These Enhanced Techniques’, 2012, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘These Enhanced Techniques’, 2012, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘These Enhanced Techniques’, 2012, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘These Enhanced Techniques’, 2012, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘These Enhanced Techniques’, 2012, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘These Enhanced Techniques’, 2012, Caviar20

In 2012 Jenny Holzer returned to painting with her "Top Secret" series.

The artist had discovered a group of redacted US government documents related to the recent/ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Using the documents as the basis for a series of painting and prints Holzer replaced the censored components with distorted stripes or heavy forms in black.

The artworks alluded to both the works of Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935) and Ad Reinhardt - but with the term "Top Secret" emblazoned on each piece the viewer is reminded that the basis of these works are contemporary and political rather than avant-garde historical abstraction.

While Holzer is known for her pubic installations and sculpture, these works continue to provoke the viewer to consider the power structures that surround us - and question how our elected officials communicate with their constituents.

Holzer is one of the most prominent and original American artists.

In 1990 she was the first woman to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, and won the Leone D'Oro - the event's top honor.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire an affordable work by one of the most distinctive artists of the 20th century.

About Jenny Holzer

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.

American, b. 1950, Gallipolis, Ohio, based in Hoosick Falls, New York

Exhibition Highlights

2017
Zurich,
Jenny Holzer

Solo Shows

2017
Zurich,
Jenny Holzer

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Cheim & Read at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2017
View Artist's CV