Jenny Holzer is 70: The woman and the font

"Money creates button."Thus, nothing is said about the quality of the taste, everything about the effect of money. It's just one of those truths that are wri

Jenny Holzer is 70: The woman and the font

"Money creates button."Thus, nothing is said about the quality of the taste, everything about the effect of money. It's just one of those truths that are written by the American artist Jenny Holzer since the end of the seventy years – literally – to the house-high walls of our contemporaneity.

Rose-Maria Gropp

editor in the features section, responsible for the "art market".

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you are Looking for a art-historical Tradition, is perhaps in cubism at the beginning of the last century, when Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, words and scraps of sentences pasted in their works: as a new form of the elements of their paintings, the so – in the sense of the word – were also legible, fragments from the urbanity of the Modern. However, Holzer has stripped the Scriptures of each of the Undercoat, in its beginnings on bare surfaces, painted or as a Poster, a little later, electronically projected. With your "Truisms", truisms so, it has begun, and with them she has conquered like no other artist, no other artist to date, the public spaces in the world.

Jenny Holzer, born 1950 in Gallipolis, Ohio, as the daughter of a German auto dealer and a horse-riding teacher, belongs to the Generation whose art was dominated notion in America of abstract expressionism. This painting was the longest time a male domain, the large Gestures, it is only now that abstract artists are coming into focus such as Joan Mitchell, Helen frankenthaler and Lee Krasner, who emerges from the shadow of her husband, Jackson Pollock. Holzer has left the path of abstract painting quickly, with the help of which you began. In her work to her study of drawing and printing is more likely to find art in Chicago, and then Design in New York echo. And she discovered early on the then-new computer technology that made them as an installation artist, from grace to pioneer. With the support of the technology could trickle now your messages in the tapes giant LED-chains or the monumental on the silhouettes of cities around the world write.

From the start, Holzer sees itself as a political artist.It does not, since in Billboard Format in 1982, stood at Times Square in New York: "Your oldest fears are the worst ones."Since then, it operates with the provocative appeal to strong emotions; the current social combat zones are familiar to her. She has exploited a variety of possibilities of action, without fear of the popular media. As you wrote in 1999 a BMW the fatal spell of "Protect me from what I want" on the as a flounder flat Chassis, it has made the only more famous. In the year 2015 Holzer, whose Works are now in major museums all over the world took part, on the dystopian theme Park "Dismaland" by the British artist Banksy in the South of England, it was only five weeks long. Even most of their projects are in the Public temporarily, lights only for a few days or weeks, then you go out again on the walls of the cities; the temporality and impermanence are a part of your program, while their deliberate, sometimes sarcastic platitudes on T-Shirts, post cards and other everyday insist requires – "Abuse of power comes as no surprise". It is the unabschließbare project of the enlightenment, and follows, with their artistic means, one of which is the Overpowering quite. This Wednesday, Jenny Holzer celebrates her seventieth birthday.

Updated Date: 29 July 2020, 05:20

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