The Easel

Archives: Alex Greenberger

21st May 2024

Jenny Holzer’s Facile Guggenheim Museum Show Fails to Meet Our Moment

Holzer made her name in the 1980’s with text propositions such as “PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT” and “MONEY CREATES TASTE”. Now re-presented in a major New York show, the numerous reviews seem lacking in enthusiasm. Perhaps that’s because, in the 1980’s, her calculated texts revealed “the slipperiness of language”. Now, in the world of the internet, the mechanics of language and power are all too familiar, making her work “dated”.