WHAT URGE WILL SAVE US NOW THAT SEX WON'T (EmpireTheater)
Jenny Holzer has taken over the empty marquees which once advertised events at 42nd Street theaters. Instead of coming attractions, however, we find "truisms"-statements by Holzer which have the authoritative ring of proverbs. But instead of confirming accepted practice, these comments often seem to come out of left field. Holzer reorders the world along lines according to her canny "uncommon sense."
MURDER HAS ITS SEXUAL SIDE (Rialto East Theater)
""Like the Jenny Holzer pieces, you've got a lot of people saying, 'What the fuck is that? What the fuck is that supposed to mean?' And it's like, well, why are you angry about that and you're not angry about anything else you see here? About drug dealing, about people with drugs, about homelessness, but you're getting mad about this sign because people feel it doesn't belong here. And they feel all the other stuff does." (Theatre Electrician)
IT TAKES A WHILE BEFORE YOU CAN STEP OVER INERT BODIES AND GO AHEAD WITH WHAT YOU WERE DOING
presented by the terse but familiar aphorisms of her 'Truism' and 'Survival'
series from the 1980s, in many ways her words have never looked better
nor seemed more pertinent."
("A 24-Hour-a-Day Show, on Gaudy, Bawdy 42nd Street by Roberta Smith in the New York Times)
BOREDOM MAKES YOU DO CRAZY THINGS (Victory Theater)
"What's the purpose? What are all these saying about? Yeah, it makes you ask questions, but some of the sayings are pretentious. And it's a little trite, I think. It doesn't help the block. I think what needs to happen here, we need to get better businesses here. That's what New York is all about." (Artist)
Jenny Holzer was born in Gallipolis, Ohio. She is currently represented by Barbara Gladstone Gallery. notable recent exhibitions include "The Venice Installation" at the Venice Biennale in 1990; The Guggenheim Museum, NY 1989; and "Laments," Dia Art Foundation, NY, 1989.
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