JENNY HOLZER 'Inflammatory Essays', 1979-1982 Set of Six Prints / Posters *NEW*See original listing
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JENNY HOLZER (b. 1950),
'Inflammatory Essays' 1979-1982
Set of Six (6) Prints / Posters
Vintage set of six (6) original offset lithographs on multi-colored paper. Long OUT-OF-PRINT / DISCONTINUED. Dimensions: 10" x 10" (25.4 x 25.4 cm) each sheet. © Jenny Holzer. Excellent / NEW condition.
Literature: Jenny Holzer, Waldman, pp. 62-69.
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.
The tone of the 'Inflammatory Essays' is aggressive and challenging. The texts are the invention of the artist, although they do not necessarily reflect the artist's own views. From one Essay to another they 'display a spectrum of views, from far-left to far-right. I wanted to talk about things that are very important to people but in a non-didactic way (the series as a whole with its conflicting views is not didactic). I tried to show how dangerous and absurd it is to be a fanatic, but how important it is to get things done'. They often have the air of slogans found in graffiti form on walls in the city.
"Often, I’ll use the first person in my work. I will assume that voice. Or I will represent many people in the first person. There are lots of I's and You's in the ‘Inflammatory Essays’, but they're not me. They're many different voices on a host of unmentionable subjects. I'm present in the choice of the subjects addressed in the work, in the form that they take, and the places they go."
"There’s a reason I’m anonymous in my work. I like to be absolutely out of view and out of earshot. I don’t sign my work because I think that would diminish its effectiveness. It would be the work of just one person. I would like it to be more useful than that- to be of utility to as many people as possible. I think if it were attributed to me it would be easier to toss. I want people to concentrate on the content of the work and not whodunit."
--- Jenny Holzer
Born in Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1950, the work of Jenny Holzer has been shown worldwide in prominent institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, NY, the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Italy (in 1990, the first woman to represent the United States, she was awarded first prize), the Institute of Contemporary Art London and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
However, the main focus of Jenny Holzer has been on the investigation of means to disseminate her ideas within public space. Since the late seventies, she has been working in the street and in public buildings, using media that would enable her work to blend in the landscape. From LCD displays (e.g., in Times Square, NY) to posters and stickers (applied to such urban elements as telephone booths or parking meters), the texts function as comments on that environment they fit into, stimulating awareness of our social conditioning as conveyed by the very landscape in which we may be confronted by them.
SELECT RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
'Jenny Holzer: THE FUTURE PLEASE', L & M Arts, Venice, CA (9/13 - 10/27)
'Jenny Holzer: SOPHISTICATED DEVICES', Sprüth Magers, London, UK
'Jenny Holzer: ENDGAME', Sprüth Magers, Berlin, Germany
'Jenny Holzer: ENDGAME', Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY
'Jenny Holzer', Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
'Jenny Holzer: Retro', Skarstedt Gallery, New York, NY
'Jenny Holzer: Top Secret', Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
'Jenny Holzer', Art Stations Foundation, Poznań, Poland
'Co Lab: Jenny Holzer and Miguel Gutierrez', Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, MA
'Jenny Holzer', DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
'Jenny Holzer', BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gatehead, UK
'Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT', Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel, Switzerland
'Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT', Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
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