Jenny Holzer at EVO Gallery

Jenny Holzer, “The Venice Installation, Gallery D” (detail), 1990. Rosso Magnaboschi & Biancone marble. Courtesy of EVO Gallery.

Season 4 artist Jenny Holzer was the first woman to officially represent the United States in the 1990 Venice Biennale. Her installation Gallery D earned the Leone d’Oro (Golden Lion) prize for best pavilion. She was the first woman artist to be so honored. This iconic installation is now on view at EVO Gallery (Santa Fe, New Mexico) through August 9, 2008.

Gallery D comprises alternating red and white Italian marble tiles arranged in a diamond pattern with carved inscriptions from Holzer’s Truisms. Three marble benches run the length of three walls, with text from Holzer’s Inflammatory Essays carved on the top of each bench. For the Biennale audience, Holzer created the texts in German, French, Italian, Spanish and English. View more images of the installation here.

Nicole J. Caruth is digital content editor at Art21. She has been a regular contributor to this site since 2008, mostly writing about the intersection of art and food for her column "Gastro-Vision." Her writing has also appeared in ARTnews, Big Red & Shiny, C Magazine, Gastronomica, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Public Art Review, and the Phaidon Press books Vitamin Green and Vitamin D2.
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