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Ten Untitled plaques from the series Living, 1980-82
cast bronze
dimensions variable
Laumeier Sculpture Park Collection with funds from the Mark Twain Laumeier Endowment Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts

Ten plaques from the Living Series, 1980-82 Jenny Holzer has used text as an element in her work for decades. In Living, Holzer presents us with idiosyncratic, everyday thoughts and phrases and presents them using a modest voice and language. This stands in contradiction to her presentation of the work on bronze plaques – the type that are often used to commemorate important people or events with an air of authority. As you walk around the building you will discover ten plaques from this series that also included signs printed on aluminum as well as cast bronze.

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Jenny Holzer was born in Gallipolis, Ohio in 1950. She received a BA from Ohio University, Athens in 1972, and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence in 1977. She has received many awards, including the Golden Lion from the Venice Biennale; the Skowhegan Medal; and the Diploma of Chevalier from the French government. She has been the subject of major one-person exhibitions at: the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Dia Art Foundation, New York; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. In 1990, she was the first woman to represent the United States in the Venice Biennale.