Photo: Jesse Untracht-Oakner
Jenny Holzer began her career as an abstract artist with a focus on painting and printmaking. But after moving to New York City in 1977, she began using text in her artwork, focusing on the use of words and ideas in public space. Street posters are her favorite medium, although she also makes use of a wide variety of other mediums, including LED signs, plaques, benches, stickers, T-shirts, and the internet. For her New Museum Limited Edition, Holzer had granite footstools engraved with a list of her “Truisms,” sometimes contradictory and sometimes inspiring lists of aphorisms regarding the meaning of life and how it ought to be construed and lived.
Truism Footstool, 1988
Baltic brown granite
16 × 23 × 15 in (40.6 × 58.4 × 38.1 cm)
Edition of 40
Courtesy the artist and Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York