Jenny Holzer, BLUE PURPLE TILT 2007 . ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland . © Jenny Holzer, member/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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ARTIST ROOMS Joseph Beuys and Jenny Holzer

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Joseph Beuys, Lightning with Stag in its Glare  1958–85

This work comprises five different sets of sculptures: ‘Stag’ (originally made in 1958), ‘Lightning’, ‘Boothia Felix’, ‘Goat’, and ‘Primordial Animals’. These were cast from objects included in Beuys’s 1982 installation Workshop. According to Beuys, the stag is one of the ‘guiding and protective signs’ that appears ‘in times of distress and danger’, bringing ‘the warm positive element of life’. The only part cast in aluminium, the ‘Stag’ shines as if illuminated by a lightning bolt. The large triangular form of ‘Lightning’ was cast from a large heap of clay. For Beuys, ‘clay is a substance of the earth, the substratum on which we stand and from which we will awaken the planet to life after the dreadful slayings.’

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Jenny Holzer, BLUE PURPLE TILT  2007

Holzer started creating text-based works in the late 1970s. These included hundreds of slogans and common sayings expressing many different points of view. BLUE PURPLE TILT repeats messages from her previous works. Other texts are ‘found’ phrases, borrowed from literary and political sources. Holzer said of her LED displays: ‘A great feature of the signs is their capacity to move, which I love because it’s so much like the spoken word: you can emphasise things; you can roll and pause which is the kinetic equivalent to inflection in the voice.’

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Joseph Beuys Lightning with Stag in its Glare 1958–85
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Jenny Holzer BLUE PURPLE TILT 2007