This spring BALTIC presents the work of internationally acclaimed artist Jenny Holzer. Displayed over BALTIC's two largest galleries, the major exhibition consists of paintings, sculptures and Holzer's spectacular LED installations.
Jenny Holzer is one of the most acclaimed artists working today . In the 1970s she began to use text as art, creating provocative writings displayed and distributed through means akin to the mass media – on fly posts, T-shirts and, in 1982, an LED billboard in New York’s Times Square.
Encountering Holzer’s texts and works in galleries and in public spaces, viewers are confronted by startling, anonymous messages that present multiple points of view and ways of being. For the last thirty years, Holzer has used a variety of forms, such as LED signs, sculptures, and paintings, to embody writing. From 1977-2001, Holzer composed thirteen text series (including Truisms and Inflammatory Essays). She has also incorporated poetry and writing by others into her practice and, since 2004, has made the inclusion of government documents central to her work.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, available from BALTIC SHOP, with essays by Elizabeth Smith and Joan Simon and an interview with Holzer by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh.
The exhibition is co-organised by the Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel, Switzerland, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Major support for the exhibition is provided by Donald and Brigitte Bren, Anne and Burt Kaplan, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional support is generously provided by Andrea and Jim Gordon, Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert, Sara Szold, Gretchen and Jay Jordan, the Kovler Family Foundation, Cari and Michael Sacks, Howard and Donna Stone, Kathy and Steven Taslitz, Helen and Sam Zell, Lannan Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Cheim & Read, Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Yvon Lambert, Barbara Ruben, Irving Stenn, Jr., Lynn and Allen Turner and The Orbit Fund. Transportation provided by American Airlines, the official airline of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Image: Jenny Holzer, Monument, 2008 (detail)
© 2010, Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.
Photo: Vassilij Gureev
Opening 5 March 2010
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Quays South Shore Road, Gateshead
Open Daily 10–18 except Tuesdays 10.30–18