Jenny Holzer


Jenny Holzer (born July 29, 1950) is an American neo-conceptual artist, based in Hoosick, New York. The main focus of her work is the delivery of words and ideas in public spaces and includes large-scale installations, advertising billboards, projections on buildings and other structures, and illuminated electronic displays.

Holzer belongs to the feminist branch of a generation of artists that emerged around 1980, and was an active member of Colab during this time, participating in the famous The Times Square Show.

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Studies included general art courses at Duke University, Durham, NC (1968-1970); painting, printmaking, and drawing at the University of Chicago; BFA at Ohio University, Athens (1972). Courses at the Rhode Island School of Design, 1974 entering its MFA program in 1975 and beginning her first work with language, installation, and public art. She moved to New York in 1977. Her first public works were in the form of anonymous posters pasted on walls in Manhattan, these consisted of commercially printed one-line statements such as ‘Abuse of power comes as no surprise.' She has continued to work with language in various contexts and in media including billboards, television, and electronic signs.

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Artist, conceptual artist, installation artist, multimedia artist, painter, sculptor

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Jenny Holzer, G'eni Holtser, ג׳ני הולצר

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