Jenny Holzer


Jenny Holzer is one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century.

Her body of work, with its emphasis on text, is consistently provocative and occasionally frightening. Holzer fuses the language of folk wisdom, pop culture, and government statements to comment on issues including power structures, gender struggle, and warfare.

Over the past three decades Holzer has created an impressive oeuvre consisting of objects, sculpture, and public art...often revisiting her slogans and statements through an array of media ranging from billboards to t-shirts, from marble benches to pencils

Holzer is particularly well-known for her Truisms, which she compiled in the late 1970's. She presented a mix of cliches, slogans, and maxims - they vary from the wise to the absurd or banal to the highly menacing, all inspired by academic readings she did as a masters student. 

In total there are nearly 100 Truisms. Our "Truisms" (Toronto) has 98. This example is a fantastic edited version, typically presented in alphabetical order. 

This iteration has 40 Truisms, including: 

"Money Creates Taste"

"Any Surplus is Immoral" 

"Stupid People Shouldn't Breed" 

"Romantic Love Was Invented to Manipulate Women" 

The puzzle is also a format that Holzer appreciates. Click here to see another example. It is a fantastic object that represents Holzer's genius in a playful intimate format. 

Holzer was the first female artist to represent the US at the Venice Biennale in 1990, winning the prestigious award for best pavilion. Today, her work can be found in most major museum collections around the world including the Tate (London), the Broad (Los Angeles, The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), MACBA (Barcelona), and the Centre Pompidou (Paris) to mention a few. 

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"Truisms" (Puzzle)

USA, 1977/1996

Photo-offset lithograph on puzzle

Limited edition, edition sized unknown.

7"H 5"W (work)

14.75"H 12.25"W (framed)

Framed with museum glass

Very good condition

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