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Truisms by Jenny Holzer

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Jun 14th, 2019. Artwork published in
circa 1977
    Truisms by Jenny Holzer
    Source: © Jenny Holzer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. License: All Rights Reserved.

    One of many pieces from Jenny Holzer’s Truisms series. 16⅞×13¾ inches each, offset lithograph on paper. From Walker Art Center:

    After moving to New York City in 1977, [Holzer] began using language as her medium and produced her first major series, Truisms— short, often provocative sentences that she printed on handbills and posted anonymously on buildings and walls around Manhattan.

    The same piece of work is also listed under the title Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise, with a 1983 date.


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    2 Comments on “Truisms by Jenny Holzer”

    1. Thiago says:
      Jun 15th, 2019  4:28 am

      The funnily-specific all-caps Futura Bold tag is apt here, unless it is also specific to the upright version

    2. Jun 15th, 2019  10:08 am

      If you want to see more purely typographic works in all caps, also check out the posts about Jenny Holzer’s Inflammatory Essays in Times Bold Italic (1979–1982) as well as her Truism stamps in Franklin Gothic (1995) and the Truisms posters in bold Helvetica (2009?).

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