Text-based art

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Text-based art, where words and typography are central, diverges from traditional visual arts focused on imagery. Rising to prominence in the late 20th century, spearheaded by artists like Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer, this genre has profoundly impacted contemporary art. It encompasses various mediums, including painting, digital media, and public installations.

Other notable artists in this field include Ed Ruscha, known for incorporating text in visual landscapes, and Lawrence Weiner, whose conceptual art often features language as a form of sculpture. This art form challenges viewers, inviting them to interpret and engage with text as a critical element of artistic expression, often addressing social, political, and personal themes.

Benjamin Vautier’s gigantic Wall of Words at the Fondation du doute

The Wall of Words by French artist Benjamin Vautier (b. 1935) is one of the most visited attractions in Blois, France. Ben was commissioned to develop the wall, which consists of paintings/writings that he has been creating since the 1960s. The artworks have been applied to 313 enameled plaques that have then been placed on […]

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Dan Graham’s Homes for America – Unlocking the madness

For the past half-century, Dan Graham, through art, has been on a mission to illustrate the symbiosis that exists between any architectural environment and those that interact with it. Graham has been involved in projects around the world, but his works that provoke the most interest are made from glass and mirrored pavilions. With their

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Sister Corita Kent’s Rules For Creatives – Why they matter today

Sister Corita Kent (1918-1986) was a Roman Catholic nun and one of the most unusual artists of her time. Kent lived in Los Angeles, where she befriended contemporaries such as Alfred Hitchcock, John Cage and Buckminster Fuller. Inspired by Andy Warhol, she started creating pop art herself, specializing in printmaking and social activism. Video: Art

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