Jenny Holzer

Words are essential in Jenny Holzer’s work. As a pioneer of text-based art, she has spent the last four decades crafting language into visual spectacle. The sentences that form her installations, a mix of poetry and polemic, invariably appear as bold capital letters, bringing with them a sense of urgency. Holzer has always used text to engage with the politics of everyday life, reflecting on the various points of view at play in society. Although the artist explores numerous subjects, confronting injustice has been of paramount importance for her. “We don’t need to work on joy—that is something that takes care of itself and is sustaining,” she says, “but one must argue with cruelty, homicide—abuse of any sort.”