Jenny Holzer, Artist
MEMORANDUM FOR CONDOLEEZZA RICE GREEN
In the current era of terror, Jenny Holzer has turned her attention to the erasure of language and information in declassified government documents. Part of her series of thirty-two Redaction Paintings, this work reproduces and magnifies a typed memo from Richard A. Clarke of the National Security Council to secretary of state Condoleezza Rice seeking clarification on terrorist threats. Holzer's Redaction Paintings—which include depositions from both witnesses and soldiers during military actions, George W. Bush's opinion on the authority of the Geneva Conventions in a period of international terror, and even autopsy reports—index the same unsettling mix of violence, ignorance, and truth that has always intrigued the artist and remains at the center of her work.