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Jenny Holzer: War Paintings
Edited by Thomas Kellein. Foreword by Gabriela Belli. Introduction by Christian Boehringer. Text by Joshua Craze.
Jenny Holzer (born 1950) became known in the 1980s with her billboards, projections and LED installations that often used text to deliver social critique. Jenny Holzer: War Paintings is a significant departure from the works for which she is known. It draws from declassified and US government documents concerning the War on Terror and military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Holzer transforms these redacted documents--memoranda, planning maps, diplomatic communiqués, interrogation records, autopsy reports and the handwritten cris de coeur of detainees themselves--into ravishing silkscreened and handpainted oil-on-linen paintings several times their original size. Holzer embarked on the war paintings in an effort to end the normalization of torture. This volume compiles over 200 images--full-bleed reproductions and installation views--of some of the most important political art of our time.
Featured image is reproduced from Jenny Holzer: War Paintings.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/1/2016
Jenny Holzer's Redaction Paintings "draw your attention not simply to the details of the U.S. war on terror, but to the structural and political conditions that made it possible," Joshua Craze writes in Jenny Holzer: War Paintings. "The redactions of the government documents take on additional weight when painted—they become visible, not as determinate content, but as absences... It becomes clear, staring at these paintings, that the absences are weapons of war: legal and bureaucratic means of continuing the war on terror. Holzer's paintings, then, are not reports from the battlefield, not sketches of breathless intensity made next to the scene of the fight. Instead, they are forensic analyses of one of the weapons with which the war is fought: the structure of the military and intelligence bureaucracies, and the legal impunity that veils their actions in shadow." Featured image is Water Board 0000090, 2008. continue to blog