Jenny Holzer Truisms 1984

Artwork details

Artist
Jenny Holzer born 1950
Title
Truisms
Date 1984
Medium Metal, light emitting diode units and plastic
Dimensions Object: 169 x 1539 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1985
Reference
T03959
Not on display

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Like other artists of her generation, Holzer turned to the strategies of the mass media and advertising in her work. In the late 1970s, she devised nearly 300 aphorisms or slogans, which play on commonly held truths and clichés. Initially, the Truisms were infiltrated into the public arena via stickers, T-shirts and posters. Later, Holzer started using electronic displays. In 1982 she blazed these messages across a giant advertising hoarding in Times Square, New York. The Truisms are deliberately challenging, presenting a spectrum of often-contradictory opinions. Holzer hoped they would sharpen people's awareness of the 'usual baloney they are fed' in daily life.

October 2000

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