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Selections from Truisms, Inflammatory Essays, The Living Series, The Survival Series, Under a Rock, Laments, and Child Text

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In 1977 Holzer created Truisms, her first all-text compositions. She typed "one-liners," had them printed commercially, and pasted them up as posters on the street. Later, Holzer placed her words on such familiar, ubiquitous objects as LED signs, T-shirts, and stickers. Variously insightful,...

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The artist; with Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, 1991; to MFA, Boston, 1991

Credit Line

Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund


© 2011 Jenny Holzer / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.



24.1 x 365.8 x 10.2 cm (9 1/2 x 144 x 4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Light-emitting diode (LED) sign


Contemporary Art


Electronic media