new-york

Jenny Holzer

Barbara Gladstone Gallery

From their humble origins on photocopied colored paper to their latest incarnations in state-of-the-art electronic message machines, Jenny Holzer’s home-made truisms—part homily, part syllogism, all confounding—have been the most intriguing variant on and the final apotheosis of word art. This show publicized selections from the most recent of Holzer’s linguistic suites, The Living Series and The Survival Series, both 1983, in a variety of media. Quotations such as “What urge will save us now that sex won’t’?,” “Savor kindness because cruelty is always possible later,” and “It is easy to get millions of people on every continent to pledge allegiance to eating and equal opportunity” were featured on a set of small multiple-cast aluminum plaques, installed here in a cluster that pretty well demolished the notion of commemorative markers. These and other ditties were also conveyed on the

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