Jenny Holzer

A comprehensive look at the American artist's famous text works.

Survey by David Joselit, Interview by Joan Simon, Focus by Renata Saleci, Artist's Choice texts by Samuel Beckett and Elias Canetti, Writings by Jenny Holzer


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  • Among America's best-known artists, Jenny Holzer (b.1950) examines the power of language through glowing, disembodied text works
  • In addition to having written many oft-quoted truisms ('Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise'), she has found visually stunning means of conveying them – from the anonymous posters hung in the streets of Manhattan to a giant installation spiralling up the Guggenheim Museum interior
  • Holzer, awarded the Leone d'Oro prize for her contribution to the 1990 Venice Biennale, fuses influences ranging from advertising to Minimalism's use of industrial materials in an innovative form of public art

In The Press

'The boldest, best executed, and most far-reaching publishing project devoted to contemporary art. These books will revolutionize the way contemporary art is presented and written about.' (Artforum)

'The combination of intelligent analysis, personal insight, useful facts and plentiful pictures is a superb format invaluable for specialists but also interesting for casual readers, it makes these books a must for the library of anyone who cares about contemporary art.' (Time Out)

'A unique series of informative monographs on individual artists.' (The Sunday Times)

'Gives the reader the impression of a personal encounter with the artists. Apart from the writing which is lucid and illuminating, it is undoubtedly the wealth of lavish illustrations which makes looking at these books a satisfying entertainment.' (The Art Book)

About the author(s)
David Joselit is Assistant Professsor of Art History at UCLA, Irvine. Formerly at Boston's ICA, where he curated numerous exhibitions on post-war art, he is a regular contributor to Artforum and Art in America. His book Infinite Regress: Marcel Duchamp, 1910-1941 was published by MIT in 1998.

Joan Simon is a Paris-based, American-born writer, curator and arts administrator. She organized Jenny Holzer's first US museum exhibition and catalogue, and her books include the Bruce Nauman catalogue raisonné (1994) and Ann Hamilton (1998).

Renata Salecl is a Slovenian cultural theorist and philosopher. Her many books include The Spoils of Freedom: Psychoanalysis and Feminism after the Fall of Socialism (1994) and Voice and Gaze as Love Objects (1996).


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