JENNY HOLZER, the artist of the words

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In the late 1970s, Jenny Holzer began using words to make art because she wanted to be ‘explicit about things.’ Her artworks feature texts that she has written, and words written by other people, including poems and declassified government documents. She first used electronic LED signs in 1982 when she was invited to work on a project for the newly-installed Spectacolor Board in New York’s Times Square. Since then, Holzer has continued to use LEDs to convey hard-hitting political messages. The sardonically titled MONUMENT (2008), a tower of semicircular LED elements that are stacked one above the other, features texts – declassified US government documents – from the ‘war on terror’.

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