Jenny Holzer’s light projection For the Guggenheim via Art Daily.
Jenny Holzer’s site-specific design for the facade of the Soloman R. Guggenheim museum is now on display. The Guggenheim commissioned the piece to mark the completion of the museum’s three-year restoration project. The piece is a light projection of political statements about terrorism and the Iraq war along with poems by Nobel Prize recipient and Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska. The work was inaugurated September 22 when Mayor Bloomberg switched on the installation causing the epigrams of white capital letters to cascade down the building. The work entitled “For the Guggenheim” will be on display from sunset to 11 PM every Friday through December with a special showing on New Year’s Eve.
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Jenny Holzer initially focused her artistic efforts on the abstract, as well as painting and printing making. She began working with text as art in the late 70’s with her debut piece Truisms. The work was comprised of series of statements the artist posted throughout the city. She has since posted her text through a variety of ways including LED signs, light projection, clothing, and the internet.
Holzer’s last major installation for the Guggenheim was in 1989 and featured a running LED scroller the artist banded around the museum’s rotunda via Art 21.