Free entry Tate Modern Exhibition

ARTIST ROOMS: Jenny Holzer

Exhibition view: ARTIST ROOM: Jenny Holzer, Tate Modern, London, 2018 © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Photo: Jack Hems

Discover the powerful work of American artist Jenny Holzer

An upright sleeping bag in the corner of a room

Exhibition view: ARTIST ROOMS: Jenny Holzer, Tate Modern, London, 2018 © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Photo: Jack Hems

THEY LEFT ME 2018

Text: Interviews conducted by Human Rights Watch with former detainees, including women and children, and defectors from the Syrian military and intelligence agencies, 2011–12, from Torture Archipelago: Arbitrary Arrests, Torture, and Enforced Disappearances in Syria's Underground Prisons since March 2011, © 2012 by Human Rights Watch. Used with permission of Human Rights Watch. All names have been changed to protect identities.

I'VE JUST BEEN SHOT 2017

Text: Interviews with current and former members of the British military, © 2017 by the Not Forgotten Association. Used with permission of the Not Forgotten Association.

A bench bathed in blue light

TOWARDS THE CLOUDS 2017

Text: "Earth and Sky" from Building the Barricade by Anna Świrszczyńska, English translation by Piotr Florczyk, © 2016 by Tavern Books. Used with permission of Ludmilla Adamska-Orłowska and the translator.

FLOOR 2015

Installation: ARTIST ROOMS: Jenny Holzer, Tate Modern, London, 2018 © 2017 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Photo: Jack Hems

A room bathed in pink light

Exhibition view: Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer, Tate Modern, London, 2018

© 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Photo: Jack Hems

American artist Jenny Holzer presents statements that can provoke strong responses. Whether encountered on city streets or in art galleries, Holzer's work asks us to consider the words and messages that surround us. Her art takes many forms, including stone benches, projections, signs, posters, paintings, plaques and textiles. Words are central to her work, whether pasted on a wall, flickering from an electronic sign, carved in granite or stitched in wool.

Her texts can be forceful and apparently simple, but may contradict one another. They are not necessarily straightforward expressions of the artist’s views. Truisms, Holzer’s first text series, is a survey of belief.

Holzer has described her aims:

I wanted a lot simultaneously: to leave art outside for the public, to be a painter of mysterious yet ordered works, to be explicit but not didactic, to find the right subjects, to transform spaces, to disorient and transfix people, to offer up beauty, to be funny and never lie.

Early in her career, Holzer delivered messages on posters and T-shirts so they would be seen in everyday places rather than in museums and galleries. Her work addresses the information overload and multiple perspectives we read daily. Eye-catching or quiet and lyrical, Holzer's art invites us to read and interpret for ourselves.

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Dates

23 July 2018 – 31 July 2019

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