Laments - Jenny Holzer

HOLZER, Jenny.
First edition. Small 8vo artist book. 28pp with text works. Grey paper wrappers with titles. New York: Dia Art Foundation, 1989.
A fine copy.

A handsome artist book produced by Jenny Holzer for an exhibition at Dia Art Foundation in 1989. Holzer's installation at Dia consisted of thirteen texts engraved into a continuous row of stone sarcophagi that recounted what Holzer identified as “voices of the dead.” These lamentations expressed the thoughts of one infant, two children, and ten adults before death. LED lights affixed to columns within the space echoed these meditations in graphic form, constructing an architectural installation of spotlight tombs and didactic pillars. The texts printed in the book are reproductions of the original drawings for the inscriptions on the thirteen stone sarcophagi.

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