Sale: 524 / Post War / Contemporary Art II, Dec. 10. 2021 in Munich Lot 98

 

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Jenny Holzer
Blue and Red Corner (Lustmord, Erlauf), 2004.
Light object. Double-sided LED ribbon, blue and...
Post auction sale: € 55,000 / $ 62,150
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Blue and Red Corner (Lustmord, Erlauf). 2004.
Light object. Double-sided LED ribbon, blue and red diodes, in aluminum casing.
13.8 x 271 x 14 cm (5.4 x 106.6 x 5.5 in).
[KT].
• Jenny Holzer is considered one of the most important protagonists of Neo-Conceptualism, especially because of here LED ribbons with political contents.
• Next to Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman, she is part of the generation of feminist artists that became internationally acknowledged in the 1980s.
• Works by Jenny Holzer are in many international museums like Tate Modern, London, the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, the Dia Art Foundation, New York and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin.
• The artist participated in the Venice Biennial four times (1990, 2005, 2007 and 2015)
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PROVENANCE: Galerie Sprüth Magers Lee, London.
Private collection London (acquired from the above in 2005).

"Not art has to change, but art has to change the things."
(Jenny Holzer, quoted from: Kunstforum, volume 109, p. 298, 1990)



Language as a visual artistic means of expression is at the center of Jenny Holzer's work. Alongside Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler and Cindy Sherman, the American concept and installation artist belongs to the generation of feminist artists who celebrated their breakthrough in the 1980s and paved the path for future generations. As early as in the 1970s she began to use words and texts on an artistic level. Many of her projects can be found in public spaces, including the Reichstag building in Berlin and in 1982 temporarily in New York's Times Square. In addition to feminism, important points of reference for Jenny Holzer are Minimal Art and Conceptual Art of the 1960s. She uses a variety of media, including signs, illuminating diode tapes, T-shirts and large-format projections such as display boards or moving signs. She uses language not only as a medium for communication, but also as a means of control and disguise. In particular political statements find their way into the public and should stimulate thought through observation by chance. Holzer addresses topics such as violence, sexuality, oppression, power and feminism in these installations, which must be understood as concrete political statements. In addition to this level of content, the writing also gains a three-dimensional materiality through these luminous and moving banners and is thus taken to a level of sculpting and painting. The luminous statements with impressive statements captivate the viewer and break the boundaries between word, space and body. To this day, the artist has realized numerous international exhibitions, among them at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Haus der Kunst in Munich and the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, and has received numerous awards. Jenny Holzer has been one of the most important artists of our time since her retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1989-90 and since she won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennial in 1990. [AW]
Displayed texts

Jenny Holzer – ERLAUF

ALWAYS POLITE TO OFFICERS
SMILING OFTEN TO DISARM
THE ENERGETICALLY CRUEL
BLOOD OUTSIDE FOR ANIMALS
A MEMORY OF DOMINANCE
THE SOLDIER BITES YOUR STOMACH
SNEAKING TO WASH
THE HORSE RUNS INTO WALLS
NEW TEETH IN THE BABY’S MOUTH
THE BABY MOVES TO YOUR OTHER BREAST
THE FOREARM OF YOUR LOVER
ADDING WATER TO FOOD
FULL OF SWALLOWED BLOOD
SON OF A RAPIST
I RAISE MY ARMS TO HIM
THE CHILD WITH A HAND IN HER
BIRDS EATING THEM
PROPERTY SEIZED BY THE ZEALOUS
YOUR MOTHER WITH NO REAL POWER
THINKING WHILE HELD DOWN
AGREEING TO STAY STILL
WAITING TO BE TRANSPORTED
EYE CUT BY FLYING GLASS
THE CHILD WALKS ON A BROKEN LEG
BONE VISIBLE THROUGH THE FOREHEAD
BITING THE HELPER
CHEWING WOOD FOR COMFORT
DOCILE SO HE IS FAST
DYING FROM KNOWING
PARENTS QUIET WHEN YOU ARE TAKEN
WRITING ON THE WALLS AT NIGHT
KILLING EFFEMINATE MEN
THE BOY URINATES IN CLASS
THE LEGS OF YOUR MOTHER
USING GOD
EXPEDIENT POLICY
NO CHANCE TO EFFECT THE ENDING
STUPID SENTENCES EVERYWHERE
WHO GAVE MILK
WHO MADE BEDS
WHO LIVED IN THE WOODS
WHO RAN TO THE RIVER
WHO DIED LOOKING
WHOSE THOUGHTS ARE MISSING

Jenny Holzer - LUSTMORD
I SWIM IN HER AS SHE QUIETS.
I SINK ON HER.
I SING HER A SONG ABOUT US.
I STEP ON HER HANDS.
I SPLAY HER FINGERS.
SHE ROOTS WITH HER BLUNT FACE.
SHE HUNTS ME WITH HER MOUTH.
SHE HAS THREE COLORS IN HER EYES.
I BITE HER CLOSED AGAIN.
I AM NEAR HER MILK.
HER BREASTS ARE ALL NIPPLE.
I TELL HER TO SOAP HERSELF.
SHE TIGHTENS AND I HIT HER.
I WASH HER OUT.
I WATCH HER WHILE SHE THINKS ABOUT ME.
HER SALIVA RUNS WHEN SHE SLEEPS.
I HOOK HER SPINE.
SHE HAS A URINE SMELL.
HER SWALLOW REFLEX IS GONE.
HER HEAD EXPLODES IN THE FIRE.
SHE ACTS LIKE AN ANIMAL LEFT FOR COOKING.
I FIND HER SQUATTING ON HER HEELS AND THIS OPENS HER SO I CAN GET HER FROM BELOW.
I TAKE HER FACE WITH ITS FINE HAIRS. I POSITION HER MOUTH.
I WANT TO DUCK HER WHERE SHE HAS TOO MUCH HAIR.
I HOOK MY CHIN OVER HER SHOULDER. NOW THAT SHE IS STILL I CAN CONCENTRATE.
SHE HAS NO TASTE LEFT TO HER AND THIS MAKES IT EASIER FOR ME.
THE COLOR OF HER WHERE SHE IS INSIDE OUT IS ENOUGH TO MAKE ME KILL HER.
I AM AWAKE IN THE PLACE WHERE WOMEN DIE.
THE BIRD TURNS ITS HEAD AND LOOKS WITH ONE EYE WHEN YOU ENTER.
MY BREASTS ARE SO SWOLLEN THAT I BITE THEM.
YOUR AWFUL LANGUAGE IS IN THE AIR BY MY HEAD.
I DO NOT LIKE TO WALK BECAUSE I FEEL IT BETWEEN MY LEGS.
HAIR IS STUCK INSIDE ME.
MY NOSE BROKE IN THE GRASS. MY EYES ARE SORE FROM MOVING AGAINST YOUR PALM.
I HAVE THE BLOOD JELLY.
WITH YOU INSIDE ME COMES THE KNOWLEDGE OF MY DEATH.
YOU HAVE SKIN IN YOUR MOUTH. YOU LICK ME STUPIDLY.
YOU CONFUSE ME WITH SOMETHING THAT IS IN YOU. I WILL NOT PREDICE HOW YOU WANT TO USE ME.
I FEEL YOUR SHOULDER BONE UNDER MY HAND AND I KNOW WHAT WILL COME TO YOU.
I KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND IT DOES ME NO GOOD AT ALL.
I TRY TO EXCITE MYSELF SO I STAY CRAZY.
WHAT IS LEFT ON THE BLANKET IS CLEAR AND THE COLOR OF HELL.
I WANT TO LIE DOWN BESIDE HER. I HAVE NOT SINCE I WAS A CHILD. I WILL BE COVERED BY WHAT HAS COME FROM HER.
SHE BEGINS TO MAKE MISTAKES IN HER LANGUAGE AND I CORRECT HER THE WAY SHE TAUGHT ME.
I FIND HER TOWELS SHOVED IN TIGHT SPOTS. I TAKE THEM TO BURN ALTHOUGH I FEAR TOUCHING HER THINGS.
SHE ASKS ME TO SLEEP IN THE HOUSE BUT I WILL NOT WITH HER NEW BODY AND ITS NOISE AND WET.
SHE SMILES AT ME BECAUSE SHE IMAGINES I CAN HELP HER.
SHE COUGHS THE MOUTH STRINGS.
I WANT TO BRUSH HER HAIR BUT THE SMELL OF HER MAKES ME CROSS THE ROOM. I HELD MY BREATH AS LONG AS I COULD. I KNOW I DISAPPOINT HER.
SHE STARTED RUNNING WHEN EVERYTHING BEGAN POURING FROM HER BECAUSE SHE DID NOT WANT TO BE SEEN.
SHE FELL ON THE FLOOR IN MY ROOM. SHE TRIED TO BE CLEAN WHEN SHE DIED BUT SHE WAS NOT. I SEE HER TRAIL.
HER GORE IS IN A BALL OF CLEANING RAGS. I CARRY OUT THE DAMPNESS LEFT FROM MY MOTHER. I RETURN TO HIDE HER JEWELRY.
THE BLACK SPECKS INSIDE MY EYES FLOAT ON HER BODY. I WATCH THEM WHILE I THINK ABOUT HER.
I WANT TO SUCK ON HER TO MAKE HER RESPOND.
I WALK OUTSIDE TO THE PATH AND SEE THE PLANTS, EACH HANDLED BY HER, UNMARKED BY HER DYING.
SHE IS NARROW AND FLAT IN THE BLUE SACK AND I STAND WHEN THEY LIFT HER.



98
Jenny Holzer
Blue and Red Corner (Lustmord, Erlauf), 2004.
Light object. Double-sided LED ribbon, blue and...
Post auction sale: € 55,000 / $ 62,150
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