JENNY HOLZER "THE FUTURE IS STUPID", 2000
Jenny Holzer's provocative (and often amusing) "Truisms” first appeared in the late 1970's as the artist began using language as her medium.
Over the past four decades Holzer has created an impressive oeuvre consisting of objects, paintings, sculpture and public art...often revisiting the slogans and sayings she first introduced at the beginning of her career.
Holzer has frequently revisited some of the slogans she introduced with "Truisms" and other subsequent projects and presented these in an array of media ranging from gigantic electronic signboards to marble benches and unconventional products.
For example this desk-top globe, which provides an optical illusion. The text, "The Future is Stupid" is only visible from one vantage point when one directly faces the piece.
There is an immediate allusion or association with a crystal ball, in which its purpose is for fortune-telling. Here Holzer uses the medium in a clever way to reveal that “The Future is Stupid”. The artist seems to be simultaneously mocking the idea of clairvoyance and the outcomes. Of course, as with Holzer's best work there is a playfulness combined with socio-political cynicism or critique.
Holzer created this work in the year 2000. Was she responding to the paranoid mania of Y2K? Or was she actually predicting the political circus that America would witness in the not-so-distant future.
This is a remarkable and affordable edition by the inimitable Jenny Holzer. She 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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"The Future is Stupid"
Etched glass globe
Signed, titled, dated and numbered on label.
3 1/8" (diameter)
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