I love this picture but to clarify: this is not jenny holzer, this is graffiti artist lady pink wearing a jenny holzer t-shirt. I feel kind of weird that this was just credited as “jenny holzer” because holzer is a much more famous white US artist who does not have the most amazing history of acknowledging the art of people of colour or art outside galleries — I was pretty shocked that she didn’t challenge the statement that south african kids wearing her t-shirts were coming into contact with art for the first time. here is a good comment on that article:
This article states that South Africa is a “fragile democracy.” What rubbish!! Many things are lacking in South Africa, but its democracy is sturdy and in no danger.Your American artist in Fashionable New York can undertake a stupid feel good initiative that accomplishes nothing and get a writeup in the NYTimes. There is surely a word for this but it eludes me. . For her to think children in South Africa are disconnected from art is beyond laughable. If she understood the absurdity of this statement she would be ashamed. Fat chance
anyway so I kind of didn’t like jenny holzer that much after that.