March 16, 2009

Jenny Holzer - The Art of Words

Conceptual artist Jenny's Holzer's Protect Protect exhibition is now on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art from March 12 - May 31, 2009. Follow this link to Roberta Smith's art review in the New York Times

The artist has embraced technology and LED signs in recent years, but we've been quite taken with Ms. Holzer's work since we first came across her simply presented Inflammatory Essays, 1979-82. As noted on the Tate Online website: 

"The Inflammatory Essays present a range of provocative statements which were inspired by the texts of political theorists, religious fanatics and impassioned 'folk' literature. Since childhood, Holzer has been interested in 'rapturous writing' and wanted to write 'ecstatic, fantastic things'."

"Each essay has exactly 100 words in twenty lines, and Holzer uses this rigid format to explore a range of extreme ideas. She questions the viewer's response by setting fanatical statements against the certainties of common opinion. Originally the Essays were fly-posted across New York City."

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