Jenny Holzer at the Whitney
I went to the preview of Jenny Holzer at the Whitney today. The last project I saw of Holzer's was after 9/11 she created an electronic billboard basically that were beamed up on the side of an NYU building near Washington Square Park. She is a concept artist.
This particular show is mixed with electronic signs and action paintings. The paintings are of Government documents that have been heavily edited (blocked information to the public). Everything you read isn't surprising based on what has happened over the past 8 years. She took the info from the National Security Archives.
Each piece is political. The exhibit is small. As my friend put it, a little bit goes a long way. I couldn't agree more. Holzer's work is certainly influential, political and pushes the viewer to be aware. I prefer the electronic signs because one glance and you know that is a Holzer piece.
Holzer's work belongs in public spaces so that nobody forgets past atrocities that might be swept under the rug. She is constantly pushing the envelope and I would guess she has been influential in the art world as there is no one else quite like Holzer.