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About Jenny Holzer

For more than thirty years, Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including 7 World Trade Center, the Reichstag, the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her medium is writing, whether formulated as a T-shirt, as a plaque, or as an LED sign, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of her work. Starting in the 1970s with the New York City posters, and up to her recent light projections on landscape and architecture, her practice has addressed ignorance and challenged violence with humor, kindness, and moral courage. Holzer received the Leone d'Oro at the Venice Biennale in 1990 and the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum in 1996. She holds honorary degrees from Ohio University, Williams College, the Rhode Island School of Design, The New School, and Smith College. She received the Barnard Medal of Distinction in 2011. Holzer lives and works in New York.

I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa) , 2014
LED sign with blue, green & red diodes
Text: “The Letter” from Skins: Contemporary Indigenous
Writing by Sally Morgan, © 2000 by the author. Used/reprinted
with permission of the author; “In the Dormitory” from Is that
You, Ruthie? by Ruth Hegarty, © 2003 by the author.
Used/reprinted with permission of the author.
Permanent installation: 8 Chifley Square, Sydney
© 2014 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Photo: Brett Boardman
Installation for Neue Nationalgalerie , 2001
13 LED signs with amber diodes
Text: Mother and Child, 1990
Installation: Jenny Holzer, New National Gallery, Berlin, 2001
© 2001 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Photo: Werner Zellien
For London , 2006
Light projection
City Hall, London
Text: “Children of Our Age” from View with a Grain of Sand by
Wisława Szymborska, copyright © 1993 by the author. English
translation by Stanisław Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh,
copyright © 1995 by Harcourt, Inc. Used/reprinted with
permission of the author.
© 2006 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Photo: Attilio Maranzano
Xenon for Venice , 1999
Light projection
Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice
Text: Blue, 1998
© 1999 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Photo: Attilio Maranzano