Jenny Holzer, ‘[no title]’ 1979–82
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The Inflammatory Essays present a range of provocative statements which were inspired by the texts of political theorists, religious fanatics and impassioned 'folk' literature. Since childhood, Holzer has been interested in 'rapturous writing' and wanted to write 'ecstatic, fantastic things'. Each essay has exactly 100 words in twenty lines, and Holzer uses this rigid format to explore a range of extreme ideas. She questions the viewer's response by setting fanatical statements against the certainties of common opinion. Originally the Essays were fly-posted across New York City.

Gallery label, October 2000

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Spectrum of Brick Lane 2

David Batchelor, Spectrum of Brick Lane 2  2007

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Jenny Holzer [no title] 1979–82
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