Jenny Holzer born 1950 in Gallipolis, Ohio

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Jenny Holzer - Truisms Footstool: An Elite Is Inevitable...
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Online
July 2022
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 53.295 USD
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Jenny Holzer - Selection from Survival: When there is no safe place...
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 94.500 USD
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Jenny Holzer - Arno Pair
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 400.000 - 600.000 USD
Realised: 1.560.000 USD
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Jenny Holzer - Selection From Survival: Trust Visions That Don\'t Feature Buckets of Blood
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session
May 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 USD
Realised: 88.200 USD
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Jenny Holzer - it\'s hard to know..., from The Survival Series
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Editions & Works on Paper
April 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 USD
Realised: 20.160 USD
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Jenny Holzer - Selection from Living 1980-82
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Sonderauktion | Spring Prints
April 2022
Karl & Faber
Est.: -1 - -1 EUR
Realised: 1.375 EUR
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Jenny Holzer - Laments 2
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(Women) Artists
March 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 GBP
Realised: 2.520 GBP
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Jenny Holzer - Memorial Bench II: Eye cut by flying glass...
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(Women) Artists
March 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Jenny Holzer - Selections from Truisms, from 16 Artists for Freedom of Expression
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Contemporary Edition
March 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 1.500 - 2.500 USD
Realised: 3.780 USD
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Jenny Holzer - The Survival Series: What Urge Will Save Us Now That Sex Won\'t?
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Post-War to Present
March 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 USD
Realised: 69.300 USD
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Jenny Holzer - Untitled, from Survival Series
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Editions & Works on Paper
March 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 16.380 USD
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Jenny Holzer - Selections from the Living Series: It is hard to know what people want...
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The Collection of Douglas S. Cramer
December 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 USD
Realised: 12.600 USD
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The artist Jenny Holzer

  • US conceptual and installation artist.
  • Known for her public LED lettering.
  • Themes include feminism, politics, and (power) abuse.

Before working with text as art, Jenny Holzer was an abstract painter. Born in Gallipolis, Ohio on July 29, 1950, she studied at various universities in the United States, including the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1977, she moved to New York City after earning her master's degree. Holzer was a member of the artist group Colab, which organized the influential exhibition The Times Square Show in 1980. It could be visited around the clock for a month in an abandoned massage parlor.

At the time, Holzer was participating in a study program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, after which she became artistically involved with lettering. »I use language because I wanted to offer content that people − not necessarily art professionals − could understand«, she says, explaining this focus. Holzer began her Truisms series of works, posters with ambiguous statements that she placed on walls and fences in Manhattan. The statements always addressed current issues such as AIDS, politics, feminism, (power) abuse, and environmental destruction.

Beginning in the 1980s, Holzer primarily used LED lettering for her text art, finding the most appropriate form for her artistic concerns, which she once described as »text combined with light and its effect on people«. Her works became increasingly monumental, such as her 163-meter-long neon sign spiral for the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1989. Since 2004, Holzer has been active again as a painter, pursuing text art in the process. Her so-called Dust Paintings are based on U.S. government documents or censored CIA and FBI reports. In this way, she wants to bring secret facts about the war in Iraq into the light of day.

Holzer was the second female artist after Diane Arbus to represent the USA at the Venice Biennale in 1990, where she won the Golden Lion for her installation Mother and Child. She has won numerous other awards, including the Blair Award from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982 and the Kaiserring from the city of Goslar in 2002.

Die Künstlerin Jenny Holzer

  • US-amerikanische Konzept- und Installationskünstlerin.
  • Bekannt für ihre öffentlichen LED-Schriftzüge.
  • Thematisiert u.a. Feminismus, Politik und (Macht-)Missbrauch.

Bevor Jenny Holzer mit Text als Kunst arbeitete, war sie eine abstrakte Malerin. Die am 29. Juli 1950 in Gallipolis, Ohio geborene Künstlerin studierte an verschiedenen Universitäten in den USA, unter anderem der Rhode Island School of Design. 1977 zog sie nach ihrem Masterabschluss nach New York City. Holzer war Mitglied der Künstlergruppe Colab, die 1980 die einflussreiche Ausstellung The Times Square Show organisierte. Sie konnte  einen Monat lang rund um die Uhr in einem verlassenen Massagesalon besucht werden.

Zu der Zeit nahm Holzer an einem Studienprogramm des Whitney Museum of American Art teil, woraufhin sie sich mit Schriftzügen künstlerisch beschäftigte. »Ich benutze Sprache, weil ich Inhalte bieten wollte, die Menschen – nicht unbedingt Kunstfachleute – verstehen könnten«, erklärt sie diese Ausrichtung. Holzer begann ihre Werkserie Truisms, Plakate mit mehrdeutigen Aussagen, die sie an Mauern und Zäunen in Manhattan anbrachte. Die Aussagen sprachen stets aktuelle Themen wie Aids, Politik, Feminismus, (Macht-)Missbrauch und Umweltzerstörung an.

Ab den 1980ern verwendete Holzer vor allem LED-Schriftzüge für ihre Textkunst und fand so die passendste Form für ihr künstlerisches Anliegen, das sie einmal als »Text in Verbindung mit Licht und dessen Wirkung auf die Menschen« beschrieb. Ihre Arbeiten wurden zunehmend monumentaler wie etwa ihre 163 Meter lange Leuchtschrift-Spirale für das Guggenheim Museum in New York 1989. Seit 2004 ist Holzer wieder als Malerin aktiv, wobei sie die Textkunst dabei weiter verfolgt. Ihre sogenannten Dust Paintings basieren auf Dokumenten der US-Regierung oder zensierten CIA- und FBI-Reporten. So will sie geheim gehaltene Fakten bezüglich des Irakkrieges ins Licht der Öffentlichkeit bringen.

Als zweite Künstlerin nach Diane Arbus vertrat Holzer 1990 die USA auf der Biennale in Venedig und gewann dort den Goldenen Löwen für ihre Installation Mother and Child. Sie gewann zahlreiche weitere Preise, so 1982 den Blair Award des Art Institute of Chicago und 2002 den Kaiserring der Stadt Goslar.

Jenny Holzer - Protect Me From What I Want, from \'Contemporary Archaeology, Pandora Part Three\', 1990
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Pop x Culture
November 2021
Bonhams, London
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 GBP
Realised: 1.530 GBP
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Jenny Holzer - TRUISM FOOTSTOOL
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2021
Christies, New York
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 USD
Realised: 52.500 USD
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Jenny Holzer - The Hand Desired, 2004
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Photographs
October 2021
Christies
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 USD
Realised: 7.500 USD
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Jenny Holzer - Living Series: You should limit the number of times...
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
October 2021
Bonhams, London
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 GBP
Realised: 11.475 GBP
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Jenny Holzer - Survival
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Contemporary Art Day Auction
October 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 35.000 - 45.000 GBP
Realised: not available
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Jenny Holzer - „Top Secret 24“ / „Top Secret 32“ / „The enhanced Techniques - waterboard“.
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Online Only 2021/2022 - Third Floor Online Only 24.9.-10.10.21
October 2021
Grisebach
Est.: 1.200 - 1.500 EUR
Realised: 1.500 EUR
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Jenny Holzer - Inflammatory Essays (10 Works)
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Prints & MultiplesSummer Splash: Featuring Artists of the South of France
August 2021
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Jenny Holzer - Top Secret 23
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Kunst nach 1945 / Zeitg. Kunst II
June 2021
Ketterer, München
Est.: -1 - -1 EUR
Realised: 990 EUR
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Jenny Holzer - Inflammatory Essays I
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ONLINE ONLY | From a Universal Collector - The Olbricht Collection
June 2021
VAN HAM
Est.: 500 - 500 EUR
Realised: 968 EUR
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Jenny Holzer - Inflammatory Essays: 10 works
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Evening & Day Editions
June 2021
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 GBP
Realised: not sold
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Jenny Holzer - Present
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PROOF OF SOVEREIGNTY: A Curated NFT Sale by Lady PheOnix
June 2021
Christies
Est.: -1 - -1 USD
Realised: 37.500 USD
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Jenny Holzer - Someone wants to cut a hole in you... Text: Living (1980-82)
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20th Century & Contemporary Art and Design Day Sale in association with Phillips
June 2021
POLY, Hong Kong
Est.: 150.000 - 250.000 HKD
Realised: 252.000 HKD
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Jenny Holzer in News and Exhibitions

Kunstmuseum Basel: Louise Bourgeois x Jenny Holzer

The upcoming exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel juxtaposes contemporary artist Jenny Holzer with installation luminary Louise Bourgeois. In The Violence of Handwriting Across a Page, Holzer's unusual forms of artistic expression will be on view from 19 February alongside Bourgeois' powerful installations, paintings, drawings, prints and texts.

February 19, 2022

Jenny Holzer in News and Exhibitions

Kunstmuseum Basel: Louise Bourgeois x Jenny Holzer

Die angehende Ausstellung im Kunstmuseum Basel stellt die zeitgenössische Künstlerin Jenny Holzer der Installationskoryphäe Louise Bourgeois gegenüber. In The Violence of Handwriting Across a Page sind ab dem 19. Februar Holzers ungewöhnliche künstlerische Ausdrucksformen neben den wirkungsreichen Installationen, Gemälden, Zeichnungen, Druckgrafiken und Texten Bourgeois’ zu sehen.

February 19, 2022

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