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  • Provenance

    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Venice, United States Pavillion, The 44th Venice Biennale, May-September, 1990 (exhibition version)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since emerging on the contemporary art scene in the late 1970s, Jenny Holzer has become famous for her short statements, which are projected through a variety of chosen mediums. Whether formulated as a t-shirt, as a plaque, bench or as a LED signboard, the core of her work is the art of writing.
    In 1990, Jenny Holzer was the first woman to officially represent the United States at the Venice Biennale. Her widely acclaimed and iconic installation won her the Leone d'Oro (Golden Lion) for the best pavilion, thereby making her the first female recipient of the distinction.The present lot is a reproduction of one of the electronic LED signboards found in the last of Holzer's four rooms at the American Pavilion.The original installation is retained in its entirety in the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the organizing institution for the American Pavilion at the 1990 Venice Biennale.
    Using literary phrases from common myths or remarks on random subjects, her work presents both explicit content and minimalist aesthetics which make profound statements about the world of advertising and consumer society today.

  • 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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WORKS FROM THE THYSSEN BORNEMISZA CONTEMPORARY ART COLLECTIONS TO BENEFIT ICELAND'S LIVING ART MUSEUM

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Untitled, C-11: Spanish-Truisms 1, Italian-Truisms 4, Laments 2, French-Truisms 2, MAMA

1990
Electronic LED signboard, three colour diodes.
24.1 x 448.2 x 13 cm. (9.5 x 176.5 x 5.1 in).
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Estimate
£25,000 - 35,000 Ω

Sold for £97,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm
London