Jenny Holzer (1950-)
Truisms, ca 1977-1979
Set of 8 large-format offset printed posters, black text on white paper.
35 1/2h x 23 1/4w in
90.17h x 59.06w cm
Jenny Holzer is an American neo-conceptual artist whose main focus is the public installation of words and ideas. In 1977 Holzer created her Truisms, all-text compositions composed of often-contradictory opinions surrounding commonly held truths and cliches. Variously insightful, hostile, and often comic, these words or phrases were intended to arouse multiple responses. Holzer typed her Truisms, had them printed commercially and then pasted them up as posters throughout lower Manhattan. Her goal was to take art out of the institution and have it accessible to everyone. This highly scarce set of posters are out of the first iteration of Holzer's Truisms, a series she continues to make today.
Provenance: Private collector who purchased the posters in a tube as originally housed, from the original owner, collector Vera List.