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Holzer, Jenny
New York: Dia Art Foundation, 1989.

#17298. VHS (NTSC) cassette, with descriptive black-on-red label. Housed in contemporary case, with titles printed on gray stock, inserted into transparent sleeve. Contents (09:15) archivally-digitized in January 2020 (.wav file, 2.1GB); housed on accompanying USB key.

“This videotape is based on the installation by Jenny Holzer of thirteen stone sarcophagi and thirteen vertical LED signboards at the Dia Art Foundation, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, March 1, 1989 through February 18, 1990. Videotape production by Mark Pellington and Caesar Video Graphics, Inc., New York, with Jenny Holzer.”

Issued along with an artist book that featured facsimile drawings of the inscriptions for the 13 stone sarcophagi, intended for the voices of ten adults, two children, and one infant. The video, produced with Holzer’s participation, dramatizes the installation, with actors reading the inscriptions as they crawl across the screen, backed by haunting music.

To view our digitized version of the video, see here


250 USD

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