Jenny Holzer

Survival, 1983-85, Times Square, New York, 1985 by Jenny Holzer.

A key figure in the 1980s Feminism movement, Jenny Holzer’s predominantly text-based work began with Truisms; a series of posters bearing highly provocative statements that she distributed in lower Manhattan. 

Best known for her large-scale projections on buildings and natural landmarks, her work infiltrates public spaces in order to disrupt the monotony of everyday experience. Utilising material from a range of sources, she tests the agency of the spectator by addressing power, rage and vulnerability in both the personal and the political. 

Holzer has exhibited extensively and in 1990 she became the first woman to represent the United States in the Venice Biennale, for which she was awarded the Leone D'Oro. She is represented by Cheim & Read in New York, Sprueth Magers in London and Berlin, and Galerie Yvon Lambert in Paris.