National Museum of Women in the Arts
Jenny Holzer
July 29 1950 - present
Photograph of Jenny Holzer, by Nanda Lanfranco, courtesy of the Artists Rights Society, New York, NY, USA. (c) Jenny Holzer, 2006
Place of Birth:
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Minority status:
White non-Hispanic
Work Type/Media:
Multimedia (electronic, digital, video, film), Painting, Sculpture, Installation Art
Artistic Role(s):
Installation Artist, Mixed Media Artist , Multimedia Artist, Painter, Sculptor
Abstraction, Conceptual Art
Artist's Biography:
For more than twenty-five years, Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennial, the Reichstag, and the Guggenheim museums in New York and Bilbao. Her medium, whether formulated as a t-shirt, as a plaque, or as an LED sign, is writing, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of her work.

Starting in the late 1970s with the New York posters, and up to her recent xenon projections on landscape and architecture, her practice has rivaled ignorance and violence with humor, kindness, and moral courage.

Holzer received a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennial in 1990 and the Public Art Network Award in 2004. She holds honorary degrees from Williams College, the University of Ohio, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Holzer lives and works in Hoosick, New York.

Biography courtesy of Jenny Holzer

Other Occupation(s):
Author, Typesetter
Place(s) of Residence:
New York
Where Trained/Schools:
Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA (1977) Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, USA (1975-1976) Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA (1972-1973) University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA (1970-1971)
Related Visual Artists:
wife of Michael Glier friend of Peter Nadin friend of and collaborated with Barbara Kruger student of Vernon Pratt
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Skowhegan Medal for Installation, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, USA (1994) Silver Medal, Art Directors Club of Europe, Barcelona, Spain (1993) Golden Lion, 44th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy (1990)
Earliest exhibition:
Jenny Holzer Painted Room: Special Project P.S.1, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, USA (1978)
Artist retrospective(s):
Jenny Holzer: Blue, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA (1999)
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