Jenny Holzer, These Enhanced Techniques

Jenny Holzer (American, b. 1950)

Medium: Black pulp on white handmade paper, stenciled

Dimensions: 90.5 × 70 cm (35 3/5 × 27 3/5 in)

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Jenny Holzer, These Enhanced Techniques is an artwork that combines geometrical abstraction with a political background. It forms part of a series of paintings and prints broaching the issue of American war crimes. Holzer had found several classified documents of the US Army that relate to the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Holzer replaced the censored components of the documents with black rectangles, alluding to the minimalist artworks by Kasimir Malevich.

Jenny Holzer, born in 1950 in Gallipolis, Ohio, is a seminal figure in contemporary art, renowned for her text-based artworks that bridge public art projects, political activism, and an astute critique of language’s societal roles. Holzer’s art employs a variety of media, including LED signs, projections, prints, and paintings, to explore how words serve both as tools for communication and mechanisms of concealment. Her pioneering approach is rooted in a fascination with the advertising world’s command of language, driving her to deliver messages that blend seamlessly with the urban landscape yet disrupt and provoke public discourse. Central to Jenny Holzer‘s practice are her public installations, which utilize commercial and architectural spaces to display enigmatic yet pointed phrases addressing consumerism, power, and vulnerability. Artworks like “protect me from what I want” and “abuse of power comes as no surprise” exemplify her ability to distill complex ideas into accessible, resonant statements that encourage reflection and debate among a wide audience. Holzer’s choice of language as her primary medium stems from a desire to engage directly with the public, offering content that resonates beyond the traditional confines of the art world. In addition to her public projects, Holzer’s printmaking and painting ventures further showcase her commitment to examining the dynamics of language. Through these artworks, she invites audiences to critically engage with the nuances of spoken and unspoken words, highlighting the profound impact of language on perception and behavior. Jenny Holzer‘s contributions to contemporary art have been recognized with numerous awards, including the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1990. Her extensive exhibition history spans globally renowned institutions, such as the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Barbican Centre, and Tate.

Jenny Holzer, These Enhanced Techniques

Movement

Geometric Abstraction, Political Art, Conceptual Art, Contemporary Art, Minimalism, Text-based Art, Women Artists

Type

Limited Edition Print

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