Word as Art - Text as Art - Word or Text = Image = Art - 140 Slides
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Text Excerpt: Why Text Became the New Imagery
The problem each generation of artists faces is in coming up with something new. If all that artist can do is copy someone from an earlier generation, he or she isn’t going to go far. Further adding to the problem is that so much has already been done.
Our concern is narrowed to how text (words, letters, numbers, symbols) came to be viewed as something worthy of being painted, sculpted or used in any fine art.
Text was being used in art all along of course, from the earliest cave paintings to illuminated manuscripts to illustrated books and periodicals. But the art world resolutely did not consider any of that part of the fine arts.
So that is the nub. What made fine artists paint, or sculpt, text and the like?
Somebody needed to get out his easel and use the text on an actual painting. Georges Braques was that artist. He was busy founding Cubism, with Picasso, but that was good, as Cubism is what led him to text.
Specifically, Braques wanted to collage items onto his canvas. This was in addition to the painting he was doing on the same canvas. Some of those items ended up being words.
Then more artists, particularly in the German art movements of the early 20th century, also took up collage. Many of their collage pieces had words on them. These were shown in art exhibits the same as paintings. (continues in the show itself)