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© Jenny Holzer. ARS, NY and DACS, London 2021. Photo credit: Tate

Truisms 1984

Jenny Holzer (b.1950)


American artist, whose work consists of verbal statements (typically aphorisms or exhortations) expressed in such forms as posters, electronic signs, or *installations. She was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, and studied successively at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, the University of Chicago, Ohio University, Athens, and the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1977 she settled in New York and in the same year she began producing Truisms—broadsheets, printed with statements such as ‘There is a fine line between information and propaganda’, which were pasted on buildings and walls.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

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