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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Jenny Holzer

b. 1950, USA

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, whether formulated as a T-shirt, as a plaque, or as an LED sign, is writing, 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 rivaled ignorance and 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.

Featured Artworks

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Selection from Truisms: A sense of timing...
Text: Truisms, 1977-79 by Jenny Holzer contemporary artwork Jenny HolzerSelection from Truisms: A sense of timing... Text: Truisms, 1977-79, 2014 Cipollino Cremo Tirreno marble, text inscription
43.2 x 63.5 x 40.6 cm
Sprüth Magers
Even with your eyes closed... by Jenny Holzer contemporary artwork Jenny HolzerEven with your eyes closed..., 1981 Enamel on metal, hand-painted sign: black on white
53.3 x 58.4 cm
Sprüth Magers
ARNO by Jenny Holzer contemporary artwork Jenny HolzerARNO, 2005 Horizontal LED sign: blue diodes, stainless steel housing and bezel
13.3 x 195.6 x 7.6 cm
Cheim & Read
Selection from Survival Series (Respect for life means you love...) by Jenny Holzer contemporary artwork Jenny HolzerSelection from Survival Series (Respect for life means you love...), 1983–1985 Cast aluminum with black patina
7 9/16 x 10 5/8 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery
Blue Laments Arno and Amber Truisms Living by Jenny Holzer contemporary artwork Jenny HolzerBlue Laments Arno and Amber Truisms Living, 2008 Curved LED signs with blue and amber diodes
Sprüth Magers
Damage is done by the tacit understanding... by Jenny Holzer contemporary artwork Jenny HolzerDamage is done by the tacit understanding..., 1981 Text: 'Living' (1980–1982); text on cast bronze plaque
15.2 x 24.1 cm
Sprüth Magers
Splayed 23 by Jenny Holzer contemporary artwork Jenny HolzerSplayed 23, 2015 Oil on linen
147.3 x 111.8 x 3.8 cm
Kukje Gallery
TOP SECRET//STLW//HCS/COMINT//ORCON/NOFORN
Text: U.S. government document by Jenny Holzer contemporary artwork Jenny HolzerTOP SECRET//STLW//HCS/COMINT//ORCON/NOFORN Text: U.S. government document, 2017 Graphite and watercolour on vellum
147.3 x 111.8 cm
Sprüth Magers

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Eau de Cologne at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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26 March–12 April 2019 Group Exhibition Eau de Cologne Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A Luta Continua at Hauser & Wirth, New York
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26 April–27 July 2018 Group Exhibition A Luta Continua Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Black Feast at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
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17 March–22 April 2017 Group Exhibition Black Feast Simon Lee Gallery, New York

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In Ocula Magazine

Sydney Contemporary Wrap Ocula Report Sydney Contemporary Wrap 15 Sep 2015 : Jane O’Sullivan for Ocula

A marble bench sat out of the front of the Pearl Lam Galleries stand at the Sydney Contemporary art fair last week. Inscribed with Chinese characters, and without a card stating the artist or artwork title, many visitors simply passed it by.Those who could read the inscription, and those who asked, found out it said: Don’t put too...

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Total Abstraction: A Report From Art Basel Miami Beach Ocula Report Total Abstraction: A Report From Art Basel Miami Beach 11 Dec 2013 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

General consensus? This years edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach was better than the last. Everything was “more” – more vibrancy, daring choices, and a more buoyant market. The Public program at Collin’s Park was a complete success, featuring performance pieces by artists including Ryan McNamara, Mungo Thomson and David...

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In Related Press

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Jenny Holzer’s piercing beacons of truth light up Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Related Press Jenny Holzer’s piercing beacons of truth light up Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Wallpaper* : 29 March 2019

Jenny Holzer was 26 when she arrived in New York. The freshman art student at the Whitney Museum had grown up in Gallipolis, Ohio, a sleepy town in America's Midwest, and had spent her early twenties jumping from place to place in search of her artistic identity. She started out as an abstract expressionist. Then she tried to capture the human form...

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Connecting the Dots in the Met Breuer’s Show About Conspiracy Theories Related Press Connecting the Dots in the Met Breuer’s Show About Conspiracy Theories Hyperallergic : 15 October 2018

It will likely take me months to digest all the lessons I've learned from The Met Breuer's newest exhibition, Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy, so it's a good thing that the show stays open through January.

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San Francisco’s New Transit Center Features Public Art by Jenny Holzer, Julie Chang, and Ned Kahn Related Press San Francisco’s New Transit Center Features Public Art by Jenny Holzer, Julie Chang, and Ned Kahn Hyperallergic : 7 August 2018

With their lobbying efforts beginning in 2006, the San Francisco Arts Commission convinced the intergovernmental agency developing the center to commit $4.75 million to on-site public art. Ranging from designed floors to interactive fountains, this funding supported work by James Carpenter, Julie Chang, Jenny Holzer, and Ned Kahn. These works are...

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MASS MoCA: It’s a Site for All Eyes Related Press MASS MoCA: It’s a Site for All Eyes The New York Times : 15 June 2017

MASS MoCA, the vast, multibuilding museum of contemporary art here, is a weird and wonderful place. For one, the dominance of brick walls, wood floors, big windows and frequent columns of its repurposed 19th-century factory buildings is the apotheosis of SoHo, whose small-industry loft spaces were taken over by commercial art galleries in the...

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A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection Related Video & Audio A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection Hauser & Wirth : 8 May 2018

Unfolding across all three floors of Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street, A Luta Continua is the first United States presentation of the Sylvio Perlstein Collection. Curated by David Rosenberg, the exhibition presents more than 360 works by some 250 artists. Among these are Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Diane Arbus, Hans Bellmer, André Breton,...

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