Jenny Holzer

Born in Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1950, Jenny Holzer is a Hoosick, NY-based neo-conceptual artist. The primary focus of her artworks is the expression of ideas and language in public spaces. They include building projections, outdoor advertising billboards, optical-electronic displays, and large-format installations that take the form of condom wrappers, park benches and signage.

Her work often includes a variety of texts, ranging from long screeds to Kōan-style enigmatic phrases. Holzer’s most iconic project is the Inflammatory Essays, which meditated on vulnerability, violence, and tensions between the collective and the individual. She has exhibited at the Neue Nationalgalerie, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.