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Jenny Holzer

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This revised and greatly expanded edition of the book originally published on the occasion of Holzer's celebrated exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1989 is a comprehensive document of the artist's career. A complete collection of the artist's writings, up to and including her 1996 text for a monument in Erlauf, Austria, is accompanied by color photography o ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 6th 1998 by Phaidon Press (first published 1992)
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Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My favorite living artist. This book has a nice collection of her work. She creates large series of art pieces and sometimes books/showcases only print or display very small excerpts, but this book includes a significant percentage of each series so that you really get a sense of what each one entails and how Holzer works as an artist.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jenny Holzer's artwork is Good. I am knocking back a star because the interview with Joan Simon is Bad ( or more just boring), and I have to treat this as a book sort of
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: art
Ms Holzer is known for her textual art, with which she displayed brief texts in public area ("TECHNOLOGY WILL MAKE OR BREAK US","WAR IS A PURIFICATION RITE","SEPARATISM IS THE WAY TO A NEW BEGINNING"). Plenty of them are listed here but they somehow lose their power in this printed form. The opening interview is also one of the least interesting ones in this series but it's somehow compensated by the other writings of Ms Holzer, in the section "Artist's Writings".
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jude by: gloria gedeon introduced me to this artist
Shelves: art, the-f-word
start anywhere with Jenny Holzer -but this or LAMENTS would be my choice, since i can't find "Writing = Schriften" here.

Holzer is text as art in the most literate and graphic and expansive sense. There is plenty of theory out there about JH, but i don't try to comprehend it and you don't need it. She makes language a dimensional experience in her installations, and/but the texts work on the page as well as the reader become the site of the installation.
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May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Jenny Holzers gets right on point with her Truisms and textual art.
I'm happy to have read where she gets her inspiration from, in the form of quotes and excerpts of her favorite books.
Reading a truism every now and then to think it over during your day is surely inspirational.

Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
“savor kindness because cruelty is always possible later”

“life is not a rehearsal”

“ it is in your self-interest to find a way to be very tender”
Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone...
Recommended to Mari by: Art teacher - Aimee Jo Cook
My kind of woman - Ms. Holzer uses her WORDS as ART. Beautiful, visual, memorable. Check it out. Includes her truisms - powerful.

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Jenny Holzer (born July 29, 1950) is an American conceptual artist. Holzer lives and works in Hoosick Falls, New York.

Holzer belongs to the feminist branch of a generation of artists that emerged around 1980, looking for new ways to make narrative or commentary an implicit part of visual objects. Her contemporaries include Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Sarah Charlesworth, and Louise Lawler.

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“If you behaved nicely, the communists wouldn't exist.” 61 likes
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