Jenny Holzer and Feminist Art –

Jenny Holzer and Feminist Art –

"Rib Cage" by Jenny Holzer

"Rib Cage" by Jenny Holzer

The work of Jenny Holzer, one of the most influential and most important artists of her generation,  is currently the subject of a major retrospective that has been organised by the Chigago MCA and the Fondation Beyeler.  The exhibition, titled “Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT” focuses on the last fifteen years of her career from the mid 1990’s to the present which consists primarily of her signature electronic text works. According to the Chicago MCA “For more than thirty years, Jenny Holzer’s work has paired text and installation to examine emotional and societal realities. Her choice of forms and media brings a sensate experience to the contradictory voices, opinions, and attitudes that shape everyday life. The 1990s heralded a turn in Holzer’s practice toward greater visual and environmental presence. In this exhibition, which centers on her work from the mid-1990s to the present, Holzer joins political bravura with formal beauty, sensitivity, and power.”

Major retrospectives usually give a boost to the value of an artist’s work and increase their profile so now would be a good time to invest in a work by Holzer. The work of artists such as Holzer who have been influenced by the Feminist art movement that began in the early 70’s is considered to be highly undervalued. The feminist art movement is considered to be of such importance that it is often credited with having influenced much of today’s artistic practice but prices for such works do not yet reflect this as yet. Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger and Louise Lawler were also highly influenced by the feminist movement and are usually grouped together along with Holzer as an example of the way that the feminist movement has been carried on. Just like Holzer, all the above mentioned artists are also considered to be undervalued. In fact, the work of most female artists is highly undervalued with the only question being when will the work of female artists be given the attention and recognition that it deserves?. Well, the good news is signs are that work by feminist artists and female artists in general is beginning to receive that well overdue attention and recognition by museums and other academic establishments. This has resulted in a much greater value being put on the work of female and feminist artists and a market for such works that continues to improve.

Holzer’s cv is extensive (see here) and her work is worthy of being considered an extremely good investment. Holzer originals can be purchased from the Chiem Read gallery which represents Holzer. The gallery’s website can be found here:

For those of you whose budget does not stretch to an original, here are a couple of limited edition works that are extremely affordable and a great investment.

Jenny Holzer
Gallery: Cheim & Read
You Are My Own
Color inkjet print on gallery gloss paper
8-� x 9 inches
Edition: 100
Price: $1500

Jenny Holzer
International Silver 1810 Cream Soup Spoon
Sterling Silver
.75″ x 6.25″ x 1.75″
Edition of 100 with 10 artist proofs

The Jenny Holzer retrospective “Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT” runs until the 1st of February at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.  More details can be found here:

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

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