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Jenny Holzer
B. 1950
WHEN THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE TO SLEEP
incised with the artist's signature and numbered 2/20 on the underside
verde antique marble
43.5 by 74.3 by 42.2 cm. 17 1/8 by 29 1/4 by 16 5/8 in.
Executed in 1997, this work is number 2 from an edition of 20.
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Provenance

Cheim & Read, New York
Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1999)
Sotheby's, New York, 25 September 2013, Lot 115
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

“Critics often see Holzer’s practice as stemming from two intertwined trajectories in art history. First, a direct precedent is the work of Joseph Kosuth, whose art is driven by philosophy and the texts that inform it. Holzer’s emphasis on text rather than objects marked a watershed in conceptual art. The other inspiration is feminism and an increased awareness of text and voice as tools of patrimonial control” (Anon., ‘Jenny Holzer’, The Broad, online).

 

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