Jenny Holzer (b. 1950)
Jenny Holzer (b. 1950)

Selections from Truisms: A single event...

Jenny Holzer (b. 1950)
Selections from Truisms: A single event...
inscribed with the artist's signature and numbered 'Jenny Holzer 6/6' (on the underside)
Danby Imperial marble bench
16 3/4 x 61 x 25 3/8 in. (42.5 x 154.9 x 64.5 cm.)
Executed in 1997. This work is number six from an edition of six plus one artist's proof.
Cheim & Read, New York
Private collection
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, New York, 12 November 2009, lot 377
Yvon Lambert, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner

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Alexander Berggruen
Alexander Berggruen

Lot Essay

A single event can have infinitely many interpretations
Alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionaries
Calm is more conducive to creativity than is anxiety
Dreaming while awake is a frightening contradiction
If you have many desires your life will be interesting
Imposing order is man's vocation for chaos is hell
It is better to study the living fact than to analyze history
It is not good to hold too many absolutes
Much was decided before you were born
People will not behave if they have nothing to lose
Slipping into madness is good for the sake of comparison
The idea of transcendence is used to obscure oppression
The most profound things are inexpressible
When something terrible happens people wake up
You are guileless in your dreams
Your oldest fears are the worst ones

(Text inscribed in the work's marble)

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