Jenny Holzer guest edits Wallpaper’s October 2019 issue

As per Wallpaper* tradition, we've handed over the reins to two trailblazing talents for our October issue (W*247). Joining fellow Guest Editor Hussein Chalayan, artist Jenny Holzer mixes paint and politics in our biggest – and most anticipated – issue of the year

Jenny Holzer Guest Editor Cover from the Wallpaper* October 2019 issue
Guest Editor Jenny Holzer's newsstand cover. Maybe this will help, 2019 (detail) by Jenny Holzer, among a new series of watercolours previewed in her section
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The artist Jenny Holzer has used epigrams, Truisms as she tags them, to mesmerising and energising effect. Whether fly-posted, lit up in LED, digitally animated or projected on landmark buildings at epic scale, her wry – and now overtly political – observations, and meme-inducing calls to action, appropriated absurdities and wrenching poetry have made Holzer a genuine cultural force.

In our October 2019 issue – on newsstands now – we visit Holzer at her Brooklyn studio, where she is mixing paint and politics, turning Trump-era redacted reports – from the Mueller investigation to released records of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking and trading – into giant abstractions. For an artist who once wanted to paint like Rothko, they are a kind of reconnection, her own searing take on American sublime.

If you do the kind of work that might possibly effect change, why not?

Jenny Holzer

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Jenny Holzer featured in the Wallpaper* October 2019 issue

Portrait of Jenny Holzer. Photography: Ari Marcopoulos

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Spread from Jenny Holzer's Guest Editor pages in Wallpaper*

Pictured in the spread, "GRAND ANSWER", by Jenny Holzer, 2019

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Spread from the Wallpaper* October 2019 issue

Pictured in the spread, Donald Trump’s, by Jenny Holzer, 2019

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