Still Ringing True 

Thursday, Sep 6 2012
Jenny Holzer was one of the most recognizable and game-changing artists to emerge to greatness in the 1980s, as her text-based visual art exploded on painted signs, granite benches, LED crawls, theater marquees and hipster T-shirts across the nation. Called "Truisms," her pithy observations on the brutal power structures and hidden agendas of culture and society took the piss out of elitism and handed the post-punk moral high ground to a new generation of well-read skeptics. "Money Creates Taste," "Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise," "Romantic Love Was Invented to Manipulate Women" -- there were hundreds of these assertions, and they still ring true. "Jenny Holzer: THE FUTURE PLEASE" is the artist's first big L.A. gallery show in years (aside from appearances in museum shows and the Broad collection at LACMA), and it will include greatest hits as well as a new installation taking on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan via declassified government documents -- the perfect source material with which to exercise her knack for reducing complex systems to incisive insights. A return to her original training and practice as a painter, the Redaction Paintings are part of an installation that also takes upgraded LED technology into account in familiar and surprising ways. L&M Arts, 660 Venice Blvd., Venice. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., thru Oct. 27; free. (310) 821-6400; lmgallery.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 13. Continues through Oct. 27, 2012
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