Jenny Holzer started out plastering her "truisms," lengthy lists of often-incompatible philosophical axioms, as pointy-headed graffiti around New York City some 25 years ago. They were so evocative and spellbinding that galleries clamored to show them. With newfound resources and a hungry audience, she started displaying her mind-bending messages around the globe, either sequentially on LED screens or else chiseled into important-looking marble benches. Ever conscious of the power of the written word, Holzer uses her latest exhibition to take on the flourishing phenomenon of government documents with all the incriminating parts obscured by black marker.

Cheim & Read, 547 W. 25th St., (212) 242-7727. Through June 17.

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