Jenny Holzer

Survival: Savor Kindness Because Cruelty is Always Possible Later


Savor Kindness Because Cruelty is Always Possible, incised on the seat of this white marble bench or footstool, is one of the texts by Jenny Holzer known as the Survival Series (1983–85). Her marble benches, begun in 1987, use a familiar and inviting format to compel viewers to inspect their inscriptions. This is one of a series of ten, plus two artist’s proofs, created in 2003. A second text from the Survival Series, Go Where People Sleep and See if they are Safe, is engraved on a red granite bench (1983-85) by Holzer, also on view in the garden of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

On view

Artist Jenny Holzer
Date 2003
Medium Imperial white marble
Dimensions 43 x 58 x 40 cm
Credit line Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Gift in honor of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection by Art of This Century, Sandro Rumney, Nicolas Hélion, and the artist
Accession 2003.73
Collection Acquisitions
Type Sculpture

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