Jenny Holzer (b. 1950, U.S.) is an American neo-conceptual artist. Her main practice is text-based work, and the public dimension is often integral to the delivery of her work. In the late 1970s, she devised nearly 300 aphorisms or slogans called Truisms, which play on commonly held truths and cliché printed on posters and disseminated throughout New York City. Her work developed with the creation of longer texts through her light projections on landscape and architecture. Her practice has revealed ignorance and violence with humor, kindness, and courage.
Jenny Holzer’s work is widely exhibited internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include MASS MoCA, North Adams, 2017; Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, 2017; Phoenix Art Museum, 2016; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 2011; and Fondation Beyeler, Basel, 2010. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, New York, 2015; Hayward Gallery, London, 2013; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2012; Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, 2011. Holzer received the Leone d’Oro at the Venice Biennale in 1990; the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award in 1996; and the Barnard Medal of Distinction in 2011. She holds honorary degrees from Williams College, the Rhode Island School of Design, The New School, and Smith College. She lives and works in New York.