Holzer, Jenny

Holzer, Jenny,

1950–, American artist, b. Gallipolis, Ohio. She links text and image in works of art composed of short aphorisms or longer declarations. Influenced by DadaDada
or Dadaism
, international nihilistic movement among European artists and writers that lasted from 1916 to 1922. Born of the widespread disillusionment engendered by World War I, it originated in Zürich with a 1916 party at the Cabaret Voltaire and the
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, conceptual art, and feminism, her works range from printed signs to LED word sculptures and from a huge electronic billboard in New York City's Times Square to mounted metal plaques and carved granite benches. Holzer's artistic slogans have addressed sexism, environmental questions, AIDS, and other issues.