Jenny Holzer, A Real Torture Would Be from Inflammatory Essays 1979-1982, 1993/2018

Jenny Holzer, A Real Torture Would Be from Inflammatory Essays 1979-1982, 1993/2018

Regular price £500.00 Sale


Offset lithograph on coloured paper (pink)
43.5 x 43.5 cm
Comes with Certificate of Authenticity
10 sheets (Unlimited APs)

The Institute of Contemporary Arts is delighted to offer Jenny Holzer’s poster work Destroy Superabundance from Inflammatory Essays, 1979–1982 , which is being sold in honour of the 25th anniversary of this seminal project being produced for the ICA. The essay features a provocative statement inspired by the writings of communists, anarchists, religious and liberal thinkers and popular literature.

Jenny Holzer is an American Neo-Conceptualist, internationally known for her text-based works that interrogate the effects of rhetoric, which are often projected with light, inscribed on enduring materials such as marble and bronze or printed on paper. Holzer initially rose to fame in the 1980s as part of a generation of outstanding feminist artists including Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler and Cindy Sherman and became the first woman to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale in 1990.

Originally fly-pasted around New York City, the impactful texts that make up Inflammatory Essays spotlight Holzer’s ongoing concerns with power, social control, abuse, consumption and sex. The assertive and demanding statements are as biting and painfully prescient today as when they were first produced between 1979 and 1982. The essay offered here was originally created for the ICA in 1993 and epitomises Holzer’s indelible mark and unique voice.

Jenny Holzer (b. 1950, lives and works in Hoosick Falls, New York). Holzer received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale (1990); the Skowhegan Medal (1994); and the Diploma of Chevalier (2000) from the French government. Major exhibitions include Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2001); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (1997); Dia Art Foundation, New York (1989); and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1989). Since 1996, Holzer has organised public light projections in cities worldwide.

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