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 Jenny Holzer  (1950 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Ohio      Known for: sculptor-text installations, conceptual

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BIOGRAPHY for Jenny Holzer
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1950 (Gallipolis, Ohio)
 
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New York/Ohio

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Born in Gallipolis, Ohio, Jenny Holzer has established a reputation for her installation sculpture, especially stone benches with carved text inscriptions. Her intention has been for the primordial form of the granite to convey the idea one is among ruins.

Jenny Holzer was raised in Lancaster, Ohio and eventually settled in Hoosick Falls, New York. In 1968, she attended Duke University and studied under abstract artist Vernon Pratt. In 1972, she earned a BFA from Ohio University at Athens, and in 1977, received an MFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. That same year, she was a fellow in the Whitney Museum's Art Independent Study Program.

She began her series of "Truisms," words from different texts transferred onto paper and pasted onto the side street walls and fences of Manhattan. From these projects, she began her signature work, which is stone benches with carved inscriptions addressing social and political issues.


Sources include:
Jules Heller and Nancy Heller, "North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century"
"Who's Who in American Art", 2003-2004

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