JENNY HOLZER "TRUTH BEFORE POWER", 2004
Jenny Holzer (b. 1950) is a multi-disciplinary American artist best known for her text-based public art projects. In 1990 Holzer was the first woman to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale.
In this work, comprised of four photographs, Holzer presents images from her projection entitled "Truth Before Power". This temporary projection, was organized by the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria in 2004.
Some of Holzer's most innovative and impressive public works used xenon lamps to create public messages intended to be ‘seen and absorbed rather than read’. Holzer projected texts including US government documents, a poem by Henri Cole, and Holzer’s own statements regarding architectural landmarks and landscape panoramas.
The four images in "Truth Before Power" are a clear representation of the historical significance of Holzer’s form and content. Addressing the complicated dialectics of public decision-making pertinent to U.S foreign policies in the Middle East, each image embodies a foreboding warning against dominant power structures.
Imbued with the exposing of ‘classified’ information, we see a pivotal example of Holzer’s influence and trajectory. This exclusive edition of four demonstrates high-end production and the close collaboration between Holzer and the Kunsthaus Bregenz.
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"Truth before Power"
Signed and numbered AC ("Archive Copy") by the artist on the colophon page
From an edition of 40
Digital pigment prints on photo rag paper
21.75"H 17.75"W (work, each)
23"H 19.75"W (framed)
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