Jenny Holzer

Shape the Battlespace

About this artwork

Holzer’s works have a strong political emphasis, questioning how information is both controlled and received in the public domain. First exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2007, this work forms part of a series of screenprints that reveal sensitive government transcripts relating to America’s intervention in the Middle East. Here Holzer uses a document from the National Security Archive, enlarging a military map of Iraq and setting it against a bright background. As with her earlier 'Truisms', language is Holzer’s primary concern, with the phrase "Shape the Battle Space" appearing sinisterly alongside strategic illustrations of the invasion.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Jenny HolzerAmerican (born 1950)
  • title:
    Shape the Battlespace
  • date created:
    2007
  • materials:
    Oil paint on canvas
  • measurements:
    201.10 x 260.20 x 4.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00084
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer