UNTITLED (THE LIVING SERIES)
Plaque: 10 by 12 in. (25.4 by 30.5 cm.)
Framed: 23 by 24 in. (58.4 by 61 cm.)
Executed in 1981-82, this work is from a potentially unrealized edition of 10, plus 1 artist's proof.
This work is in very good and sound condition overall. All elements are present and stable. There is faint, scattered wear to the plaque, including handling marks and scattered surface accretions. Framed under Plexiglas.
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Barbara Gladsone Gallery, New York
AtlanticRichfieldCompany (ARCO), Los Angeles
Private Collection, Tyler
Sotheby's, New York, 13 May 1995, Lot 901
Private Collection, Denver (acquired from the above sale)
Thence by descent to the present owner
Conceptual artist, Jenny Holzer is well known for text-based public art projects. After studying at Ohio University and Rhode Island School of Design, Holzer began her Truisms series in 1977 by posting ambiguous quotes throughout New York. The present work contains a wide range of Truisms, which speak of different reflections on human interaction. Though Holzer uses words to send a message, it is ultimately her chosen material that elevates her practice, as the plaques give her words the appearance of authority.