Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Text, Art

This week I found out that my favourite text-based artist Jenny Holzer is having a tandem retrospective at the Sprueth Magers galleries in Berlin and London.

Damage is done...Text: Living Series (1980-1982), 1981
Courtesy - Sprueth Magers
The shows include her punchy and disturbing Living Series lines from the 1980s, inscribed on plaques and benches - example: "Someone Wants To Cut A Hole In You And Fuck You Through It, Buddy." You can also see her more recent and openly political work, such as redacted top secret documents from the US government

Along with that, my Polophilia rejoices at the discovery that Holzer is a fan of  W. Szymborska and Czesław Miłosz, and has over the years projected their poems onto a number of landmark buildings across the world.

Jenny Holzer's "For the Guggenheim", 2008, text from View with a Grain of Sand by W. Szymborska

For the Milosz Year 2011, Royal Castle in Cracow

 Poems in New York, 2 minutes

Here a good little inter-over-view with Jenny, and some of her classic stuff to finish up. 

Culture Show - Andrew Graham-Dixon interviews Jenny Holzer, 2010

Protec Me From What I Want - Times Square, 1986

Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise - 1983, from Truisms

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