Jenny Holzer, 66, has a reputation for her text-based, multi-platform projections. She began her first series, Truisms, in 1977 as a distillation of an erudite reading list from the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, where she was a student; by 1979 she had written several hundred of these statements.
We’ve selected 10 truistic one-liners that are as true today as they were yesterday.
Truisms: Then & Now by Jenny Holzer
“Life is not a rehearsal.”
“Much was decided before you were born.”
“Abuse of power comes as no surprise.”
“Redistributing wealth is imperative.”
“Grass roots agitation is the only hope.”
“Protect me from what I want.”
“Confusing yourself is a way to stay honest.”
“Romantic love was invented to manipulate women.”
“Money creates tastes.”
“You must disagree with authority figures.”