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  • Provenance

    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited


    New York, Dia Art Foundation, Laments, March 1, 1989 - February 18, 1990; Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Energieen, April 8 - July 29, 1990

  • Literature


    B. Curiger, ed., “Jenny Holzer,” Parkett, no. 40/41, 1994, p. 82 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Jenny Holzer

    American • 1950

    Jenny Holzer is a Conceptual artist best known for her text-based public art projects. Holzer's work speaks of violence, oppression, sexuality, feminism, power, war and death. Throughout the years, Holzer has employed a variety of media, from a T-shirt to a plaque to an LED sign. Starting in the 1970s with the New York City posters, and continuing through her recent light projections on landscape and architecture, she uses her art as a form of communication and commentary. Holzer's art hangs in important collections around the globe including 7 World Trade Center, the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao and the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

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Laments (I have a hot hole...)

1989
Nubian black granite sarcophogus and electronic LED sign.
Sarcophogus:30 x 24 3/8 x 82 in.(76.2 x 61.9 x 208.3 cm); LED sign: 128 x 10 x 4 1/2 in.(325.1 x 25.4 x 11.4 cm).

This work is unique and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. The Sarcophogus reads: I HAVE A HOT HOLETHATWAS PUT IN ME. I CAN LIVEWITH IT. PEOPLE MADE IT AND USE ITTO GET TO ME. I CAN HURT ITTOO BUT USUALLY I PUT MYTHINKINGTHERE FOR EXCITEMENT. WHEN MY MIND IS RIGHT I CAN SAYWHAT NO ONEWANTSTO HEAR. I BRAG ABOUT KNOWING BETTER BUTTHE LAST KIND PART OF ME RAVES BECAUSE I WILL NOT BETHE ONLY DEAD ONE. I KEEPTHE HOLE OPEN.

Estimate
$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $241,000

Contemporary Art Part II

16 Nov 2007, 10am & 2pm
New York