Jenny Holzer / Lady Pink – Hot Pink – Cologne

 

Jenny Holzer / Lady Pink
Hot Pink
April 29–July 16, 2005
Cologne

The exhibition Hot Pink shows six pictures, which were created in collaboration between Jenny Holzer and the graffity artist Lady Pink. During the early 1980s, when Holzer paved the streets of New York City with her posters and stickers, Lady Pink and other sprayers, such as A-One and Lee, sprayed public buildings and subways.

Five of the works in this exhibition were created during the time Holzer invited Lady Pink to her loft on the Lower East Side to work with her on canvas. Lady Pink created the paintings for which Holzer created texts, such as Savor kindness because cruelty is always possible later or You are trapped on the earth so you will be explode from her Survival series. Another artist friend, Ilona Granet, then painted these texts onto the pictures.

Preferred themes in these works are war, women, sex and everyday violence: themes that still occupy Jenny Holzer today.

 

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Holzer introduced Lady Pink to the work of photographer Susan Meiselas. Especially the photos taken during the conflict in Nicaragua impressed the graffiti artist very much and aspects of these photographs seem to be processed in some of the pictures. During this period Holzer also worked with Keith Haring on various projects, including a large text and image installation for the festival in Vienna.

In addition, Hot Pink is showing a new work by Jenny Holzer and Lady Pink, created especially for this exhibition. It shows an odalisque, placed in front of a dark urban background with the question: What urge will save us now that sex won't?
The classic motif of art history appears here in a contemporary context. As fluid as the boundaries between art and the public were in Jenny Holzer's works at the time, this aspect is still relevant and a central point for the artist.

The date of origin of most of the works shown does not diminish their topicality; on the contrary, their contents are more of a theme today than ever before.

 

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Jenny Holzer / Lady Pink – Hot Pink – Cologne
Jenny Holzer / Lady Pink
HOT PINK
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, April 29–July 16, 2005

Jenny Holzer / Lady Pink
Hot Pink
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, April 29–July 16, 2005

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Jenny Holzer / Lady Pink – Hot Pink – Cologne

Jenny Holzer / Lady Pink
Hot Pink
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Cologne, April 29–July 16, 2005

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Selected Press

Mitteilungen über Angst und Gewalt
Handelsblatt, July 1 – 3, 2005