Jenny Holzer

Shape the Battlespace (2007)

About this artwork

Holzer’s works have a strong political emphasis, questioning how information is both controlled and received in the public domain. First exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2007, this work forms part of a series of screenprints that reveal sensitive government transcripts relating to America’s intervention in the Middle East. Here Holzer uses a document from the National Security Archive, enlarging a military map of Iraq and setting it against a bright background. As with her earlier 'Truisms', language is Holzer’s primary concern, with the phrase "Shape the Battle Space" appearing sinisterly alongside strategic illustrations of the invasion.

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  • title: Shape the Battlespace
  • accession number: AR00084
  • artist: Jenny HolzerAmerican (born 1950)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • date created: 2007
  • measurements: 201.10 x 260.20 x 4.00 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © 2016 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer

The American installation and conceptual artist, Jenny Holzer, came to prominence in the late 1970s. Renowned for her dramatic and intentionally provocative use of text and language, she frequently employs modern technology as her artistic medium. She has projected her statements onto the landscape, printed t-shirts, created posters and plastered them around cities and flashed them as LED signs. In these messages, Holzer tackles issues such as the environment, class and family structures, and war. Her work deliberately subverts established traditions regarding art, such as where it should be shown, for whom, and with what intention. In 1990 she represented America at the Venice Biennale and her installation was awarded first prize.