Jenny Holzer

(Gallipolis, Ohio, 1950 - )

North America, American

Holzer was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1950. In 1972, she received a BFA in painting and printmaking from Ohio University and, in 1975, a MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Holzer's medium, whether found on a matchbook, a marble bench, or an LED sign, is text. These objects are often dependent public interface to activate the work. Beginning in the late 1970s with the Truisms posters up to her recent projections on architecture, Holzer's artwork has questioned authority and commented on pop culture with humor and insight. Holzer received the prestigious Leone d'Oro at the Venice Biennale in 1990, the Kaiserring from the City of Goslar, Germany in 2002, and the Public Art Network Award in 2004. She holds honorary degrees from Ohio University, Williams College, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the New School.


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