Exhibition > 2017: WORD: Text in Contemporary Art
WORD: Text in Contemporary Art 2017
Photo credit Olivia Lecumberry
Curated by our very own Karen Conway
Word explores artists' use of text to convey and emphasize meaning and develop aesthetic. These artists demonstrate that when the use of text is successful, the inherent lines and shapes become part of the art itself. Text has a long history of use in art, dating back to medieval times. The Dada movement was at the forefront of utilizing text in art, and conceptual artists from the 1960s increased its popularity. Today, even with social media saturation, artists continue to embrace the use of text to heighten the message of their work to the point where the words often become the work. This group show features artists from Rhode Island, New York, St. Louis, and beyond, including artwork from Diane Barcelo, Alexandra Broches, Robin Crocker, Tom Culora, Lesley Dill, Lalla Essaydi, Maira Kalman, Gayle Wells Mandle, Jessica Rosner, Scherer and Ouporov, Edwin Schlossberg, Buzz Spector, May Stevens, Kevin Veronneau, and work on loan by Jenny Holzer, Joseph Kosuth, Barbara Kruger and Glenn Ligon.