Writing on the Wall: Word and Image in Modern Art / Edition 1

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This study explores the strange, unsettling and often humorous results when words escape their traditional confines and inhabit artworks. It traces the growing bond between word and image in art, explaining how artists since the late nineteenth century have harnessed the resulting tension to form identities, challenge authority and make sense of a world in constant change. Arranged by significant movements from the impressionists to the present day. Writing on the Wall also reveals how artists have responded to an environment increasingly saturated with words, and how the mass media have adopted and adapted artistic devices in lypography, propaganda and advertising.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520241534
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/6/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Morley is an artist, curator and lecturer. After studying at Oxford University he lived and trained as an artist in Italy, the United States, and finally at Goldsmiths College, London. He teaches at the Sotheby's
Institute of Art, London, and has exhibited his work internationally.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6
1 Introduction: Words and Pictures 9
2 Grand Bazar Universel: Impressionist Words 19
3 Merahi metua no Tehamana: Symbolist Words 27
4 KUB: Cubist Words 37
5 Parole-in-Liberta: Futurist Words 47
6 L.H.O.O.Q: Dada Words 59
7 Futura: Constructivist Words 71
8 L'Alphabet des reves: Surrealist Words 81
9 Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge: Words and Power 93
10 Writing Degree Zero: Post-War Words 101
11 Intermedia: Neo-Dada Words 115
12 Coca-Cola: Pop Words 125
13 Art as Idea as Idea: Conceptual Words I 139
14 A Heap of Language: Conceptual Words II 153
15 The Prison-House of Language: Postmodern Words 171
16 Creolization: Millennial Words 185
17 Epilogue: Hypertexts and Future Words 199
Notes 210
Bibliography 215
List of Illustrations 219
Index 222
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