This presentation marks the final phase of ‘Artists for New York,’ Hauser & Wirth's initiative that began in fall 2020 to raise funds in support of a group of pioneering nonprofit visual arts organizations across New York City impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning in the 1970s with posters wheat-pasted throughout New York City, Holzer's work continues to provoke public debate and illuminate social and political injustice through language and media. Her texts have been emblazoned on T-shirts, carved in stone, painted on canvas, programmed into LED signs, and luminously projected onto buildings and landscapes.
The text selected for the print IN A DREAM has been utilized in Holzer’s work since the early 1980s, when her a selection of her texts were seen on an electronic signboard above Times Square.
Jenny Holzer is an American conceptual and installation artist whose work deploys text in public spaces across an array of media, including electronic signs, carved stone, billboards, and printed materials. Holzer’s oeuvre provokes public debate and illuminates social and political injustice. Celebrated for her inimitable use of language and interventions in the public sphere, Holzer creates a powerful tension between the realms of feeling and knowledge, with a practice that encompasses both individual and collective experiences of power and violence, vulnerability and tenderness.
Jenny Holzer, IN A DREAM, 2020for Artists For New York
‘Artists for New York’ originally took shape as the inaugural exhibition at our new space on West 22nd Street, bringing together dozens of works created by leading artists across generations, from both within and outside the gallery’s program, sold to benefit these institutions that have played a significant role in shaping the city’s rich cultural history and will play a critical role in its future recovery.
Funds raised through ‘Artists for New York’ will support the recovery needs of fourteen of these organizations: Artists Space, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Dia Art Foundation, The Drawing Center, El Museo del Barrio, High Line Art, MoMA PS1, New Museum, Public Art Fund, Queens Museum, SculptureCenter, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Swiss Institute, and White Columns. Additional charitable recipients include: The New York programs of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA).
Images from top: from Survival (1983–85), 1991 © 1991 Jenny Holzer, ARS, Photo: Tom Loonan; LED truck promoting the edition URGE AND URGE AND URGE, 2020 © 2020 Jenny Holzer, ARS, Photo: Joe Carrotta; LED truck promoting the edition URGE AND URGE AND URGE, 2020 © 2020 Jenny Holzer, ARS, Photo: Joe Carrotta; URGE AND URGE AND URGE, 2020, © 2020 Jenny Holzer, ARS, Photo: Peter Boudestein; Sign on a Truck, 1984 © 1984 Jenny Holzer, ARS, Photo: Pelka/Noble; from Survival (1983–85), 1988 © 1988 Jenny Holzer, ARS; Portrait of Jenny Holzer, Photo: Carina Landau.
Hauser & Wirth is foregoing any fee or commission on the sales, and all artists have agreed to donate their artwork so that at least half of the sale proceeds go to the identified New York nonprofits. After deduction of any share of proceeds to be retained by artist, and the reimbursement to Hauser & Wirth for its nominal fundraiser administration costs all proceeds will be donated to the identified New York nonprofits.
This edition was printed by Luther Davis, Dana Zinsser and Zaire Anderson at Powerhouse Arts in Brooklyn and published by Hauser & Wirth.