Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

 

Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
June 5–September 1, 2007
Cologne

Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are pleased to present the latest works of New York artist Jenny Holzer in their Cologne premises. The theme of her most recent work is the political landscape of the USA after 9/11 and the debate about covert investigations, mistreatment of prisoners of war and war tragedies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, which Jenny Holzer reveals through written instructions, emails and testimonies of decision-makers, soldiers and prisoners. In her Redaction Paintings Holzer shows documents from government and military circles that have been published in the course of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

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Originally not intended for the public, many of these documents were heavily censored by the government and military before they were released. Without committing herself to any particular ideology, Holzer presents text as material in her pictures, thereby arousing the viewer's curiosity about the actual meaning of the words, which in their original context are often not grasped in their meaning because they are lost in the flow of information to which we are constantly exposed. The Formica Report series consists of 16 works (6 of which are shown in this exhibition). They are enlarged reproductions of the over six hundred page long appendix of the Formica Report, which describes the mistreatment of prisoners of war in Iraq. The Formica Report was produced in 2004 and published - largely censored - by the Pentagon in 2006. The black bars of the censoring highlighters make the pages appear as an abstract painting.

The triptychs At the Midtown Massacre, Jaw Broken and Gloves Off, as well as the single panel entitled Wish List (all 2006) are greatly magnified documents in oil on canvas, which bear witness to the war and mistreatment of prisoners from the perspective of the military and prisoners of war. There is also a series of autopsy reports that explain the circumstances of death of detainees in American captivity.

The works shown in the exhibition Highly Sensitive continue a theme that Jenny Holzer began with a work for the magazine Wired in 2004 and continued in her solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Truth before Power, in which she made the balance between transparency and security within a democratic government her theme. Shortly thereafter, Holzer projected released government documents onto the façade of the Gelman Library at George Washington University immediately before the American presidential election. In 2005, she carried out a similar project by projecting documents on the political situation of the USA in the Middle East onto the building of New York University's Bobst Library.

 

Installation Views
Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

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Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Highly Sensitive
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, June 5–September 1, 2007

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Exhibited Works
Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Midtown Massacre ochre, 2007

Jenny Holzer
Midtown Massacre ochre, 2007
Oil on linen
256.1 × 602 cm
Triptychon
102 × 237 inches
Triptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Jaw Broken Ochre, 2007

Jenny Holzer
Jaw Broken Ochre, 2007
Oil on linen
259.1 × 602 cm
Triptychon
102 × 237 inches
Triptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Formica 3270 yellow white, 2007

Jenny Holzer
Formica 3270 yellow white, 2007
Oil on linen
147.3 × 111.8 cm
58 × 44 inches

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Formica 3272 Yellow White, 2007

Jenny Holzer
Formica 3272 Yellow White, 2007
Oil on linen
147.3 × 111.8 cm
58 × 44 inches

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Formica 2850 Yellow White, 2007

Jenny Holzer
Formica 2850 Yellow White, 2007
Oil on linen
147.3 × 111.8 cm
58 × 44 inches

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Formica 2851 yellow white, 2007

Jenny Holzer
Formica 2851 yellow white, 2007
Oil on linen
147.3 × 111.8 cm
58 × 44 inches

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Formica 3085 yellow white, 2007

Jenny Holzer
Formica 3085 yellow white, 2007
Oil on linen
147.3 × 111.8 cm
58 × 44 inches

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003183-DOD003191 Green White, 2006

Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003183-DOD003191 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
Diptychon
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003156-DOD003163 Green White, 2006

Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003156-DOD003163 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
Diptychon
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003262-DOD003263 Green White, 2006

Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003262-DOD003263 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Final Autopsy Report DOD13289-DOD13296 Green White, 2006

Jenny Holzer
Final Autopsy Report DOD13289-DOD13296 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Final Autopsy Examination Report DOD13315-DOD13320 Green White, 2006

Jenny Holzer
Final Autopsy Examination Report DOD13315-DOD13320 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Final Autopsy Report DOD13279-DOD13288 Green White, 2006

Jenny Holzer
Final Autopsy Report DOD13279-DOD13288 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Final Autopsy Report DOD003171-DOD003172 Green White, 2006

Jenny Holzer
Final Autopsy Report DOD003171-DOD003172 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003290-DOD003292 Green White, 2006

Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003290-DOD003292 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003293-DOD003295 Green White, 2006

Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003293-DOD003295 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen, 2 elements
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne
Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD13321-DOD13328 Green White, 2006

Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD13321-DOD13328 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Details
Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Midtown Massacre ochre, 2007
Oil on linen
256.1 × 602 cm
Triptychon
102 × 237 inches
Triptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Jaw Broken Ochre, 2007
Oil on linen
259.1 × 602 cm
Triptychon
102 × 237 inches
Triptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Formica 3270 yellow white, 2007
Oil on linen
147.3 × 111.8 cm
58 × 44 inches

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Formica 3272 Yellow White, 2007
Oil on linen
147.3 × 111.8 cm
58 × 44 inches

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Formica 2850 Yellow White, 2007
Oil on linen
147.3 × 111.8 cm
58 × 44 inches

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Formica 2851 yellow white, 2007
Oil on linen
147.3 × 111.8 cm
58 × 44 inches

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Formica 3085 yellow white, 2007
Oil on linen
147.3 × 111.8 cm
58 × 44 inches

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003183-DOD003191 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
Diptychon
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003156-DOD003163 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
Diptychon
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003262-DOD003263 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Final Autopsy Report DOD13289-DOD13296 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Final Autopsy Examination Report DOD13315-DOD13320 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Final Autopsy Report DOD13279-DOD13288 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Final Autopsy Report DOD003171-DOD003172 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003290-DOD003292 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD003293-DOD003295 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen, 2 elements
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

Jenny Holzer – Highly Sensitive – Cologne

Jenny Holzer
Autopsy Examination Report DOD13321-DOD13328 Green White, 2006
Oil on linen
167.6 × 64.8 cm
66 × 25,5 inches
Diptych

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