Jenny Holzer, ‘Truisms Stamp Set’, 1991, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘Truisms Stamp Set’, 1991, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘Truisms Stamp Set’, 1991, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘Truisms Stamp Set’, 1991, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘Truisms Stamp Set’, 1991, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘Truisms Stamp Set’, 1991, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘Truisms Stamp Set’, 1991, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘Truisms Stamp Set’, 1991, Caviar20
Jenny Holzer, ‘Truisms Stamp Set’, 1991, Caviar20

Jenny Holzer's menacing (and sometimes humorous) "Truisms" first appeared in 1983 when the artist was invited to participate in a group show exploring the themes and dialogue from George Orwell's "1984".

In today's frightening political climate, any element of humor or mischief inherent in her work has been eclipsed by satire and cynicism.

Over the past three decades Holzer has created an impressive oeuvre consisting of objects, sculpture and public art...often revisiting the slogans and sayings she first embraced in the early 1980's

From marble benches to billboards, Holzer's text-based pieces have provoked the public to consider the power structures that surround us.

The set contains some of Holzer's most famous "Truisms" including:

Lack of Charisma Can Be Fatal

Any Surplus is Immoral

Much Was Decided Before You Were Born

Confusing Yourself is a Way to Stay Honest

Words Tend to Be Inadequate

Money Creates Taste

The "Truisms" stamp set was created in 1991 in conjunction with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. This set of six stamps from 1991 is in mint condition. The original ink pad has never been open Minor wear to box, stamps mint condition.

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

Group Shows

2018
The Museum Show: Works that were exhibited, owned, sold by - or about - museums (including the gift shops!!!)
2016
New York,
Artworks
2015
Copenhagen V,
2015
Lisa Cooley, 
New York,
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