Jenny Holzer at Tate Modern

 Jenny Holzer- Blue Purple Tilt, 2007 © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member:Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Tate:National Galleries of Scotland

Jenny Holzer- Blue Purple Tilt, 2007 © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member:Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Tate:National Galleries of Scotland

There's a new exhibition in London and it's free to the public: Jenny Holzer latest show Tate displays a series of rarely seen pieces of work in combination with some pieces which have never been shown in the UK. Five rooms, one artist: one of the most notable and well known pieces is Truisms 1977–79, a series started by the artist in the late 70s consisting of anonymous one liners appearing pasted on walls around the city of Manhattan. These artworks infiltrated the public spaces later on through display of LED billboards and trucks driving around the cities of Washington DC, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Florida.

For more than forty years, Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions, including 7 World Trade Center, the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Her medium, whether formulated as a T-shirt, a plaque, or an LED sign, is writing, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of her work.
— tate.org.uk

Other pieces to be recognised are Holzer's Redaction Paintings which reproduce declassified American and British documents regarding their government intervention in the Middle East - words you will easily find read will be "suppress", "seize" and "remove"; benches inscribed with Polish author Anna Świrszczyńska's striking poems where the public can sit and look up to the LED pieces They Left Me, 2018 made in regards to the recent Syrian events.

 Installation view of ARTIST ROOMS- Jenny Holzer at Tate Modern (23 July 2018 – July 2019) © Tate (Andrew Dunkley)

Installation view of ARTIST ROOMS- Jenny Holzer at Tate Modern (23 July 2018 – July 2019) © Tate (Andrew Dunkley)

 Truisms, (1984) © Jenny Holzer, Tate

Truisms, (1984) © Jenny Holzer, Tate

 Jenny Holzer (no title) 1979-82Tate © Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer (no title) 1979-82Tate © Jenny Holzer

Last year Jenny Holzer spoke to Dazed:

I went to language because I tried to be a painter and was awful, so I thought ok I will write. I already spend way too much time talking to myself so it’s a luxury, a privilege, a necessity to talk to others. I want to imagine – although I’m not always convinced – that the subjects I tend to focus on could be of use to people. So at least while I am entertaining that desire, it makes sense to put these ideas in front of as many people as possible – and it’s nice to put them outside of the art world.
— Jenny Holzer at Dazeddigital.com

The exhibition is open at Tate Modern until 31 July 2019.