Jenny Holzer: Thing Indescribable

22 March–9 September 2019

Exhibition Overview


Jenny Holzer, Memorial Bench II: Eye cut by flying glass…, 1996 (detail). Indiana Buff limestone bench. 44.1 x 182.9 x 61 cm. Text: Erlauf, 1995. Courtesy the artist.

Jenny Holzer: Thing Indescribable is the largest exhibition of work Julia Holzer yet produced. Curated by Petra Joos in collaboration with the artist, the show will highlight Frank Gehry's architecture through site-responsive installations. Works will include Truisms and Inflammatory Essays posters with text in five languages, cast plaques, and painted metal signs that reference Holzer's beginnings in street art, as well as engraved benches and stone sarcophagi. Drawings, objects, and ephemera from the artist's archive will complement these early works.

More recent oil paintings and watercolors of publicly released U.S. documents will trace Holzer's response to government redaction and distribution of information after the events of 9/11. New robotic assemblies, especially conceived for the show, will animate electronic signs that scroll text, sometimes illuminating human bones.

The exhibition also will include a selection of works on paper and sculptures by artists who have been influential to Holzer's practice, including Rosa Bonheur, Paul Klee, Louise Bourgeois, Paul Thek, Charles Burchfield, Kiki Smith, Lee Lozano, and Nancy Spero, among others.

(© 2019 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / VEGAP. Photo: Erik Sumption.)

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