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Posts tagged "art with words"

Sep 26, 2014
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Jenny Holzer’s “Truism” and “Survival” Series

Jenny Holzer took over the empty marquees that once advertised events at 42nd street theaters. Instead of coming attraction, however, the public found “truisms” – statements by Holzer that had the authorities ring of proverbs. But instead of confirming accepted practices, these comments often seemed to come out of left field. Holzer reordered the world along the lines according to her uncanny “uncommon sense.”

I had somehow missed that Holzer was born in Gallipolis, Ohio.

Filed under: signs, art with words

(Source: honkytonkwomyn, via douglaswolk)

Sep 24, 2014
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rayjohnsonestate:

"I am fine as all get out."
A template for letters by Ray Johnson.

Filed under: form letters

rayjohnsonestate:

"I am fine as all get out."

A template for letters by Ray Johnson.

Filed under: form letters

May 08, 2014
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May 06, 2014
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Wayne White’s Instagram might be the ultimate Show Your Work! example. So great.

Mar 25, 2014
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Wendy MacNaughton, Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City In Its Own Words

I’m not jealous of many of my artist friends, but I’m jealous of Wendy.

We both had books come out recently, and they’re both doing pretty well, but her book is an actual WORK OF ART, while mine is ABOUT the work of art.

Why is Wendy so good? She draws her ass off.

She WORKS.

She’s out on the street with a pen and her watercolors, finding stories out in the world. Real stories. She’s doing the work I thought I’d be doing years ago, but somehow got away from.

I’m proud to be her friend, I’m proud of her book, and I’m ready to follow her example and start drawing again.

Time to make art and not just talk about it.

Get this book.

Filed under: my reading year 2014

Feb 11, 2014
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A small-town Romanian cemetery filled with darkly humorous gravestones

This is so good I can’t stand it:

…in the town of Săpânţa, Romania…at the Cimitirul Vesel or “Merry Cemetery,” over 600 wooden crosses bear the life stories, dirty details, and final moments of the bodies they mark. Displayed in bright, cheery pictures and annotated with limericks are the stories of almost everyone who has died of the town of Săpânţa. Illustrated crosses depict soldiers being beheaded and a townsperson being hit by a truck. The epigraphs reveal a surprising level of truth. “Underneath this heavy cross. Lies my mother in law poor… Try not to wake her up. For if she comes back home. She’ll bite my head off.”

You must read the whole story. My favorite line: “Their lives were the same, but they want their epitaphs to be different.”

Do check out the Google+ album of photos

See also the work of Romanian artist Andrea Dezso

(via @thebookslut)

Jan 20, 2014
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thinkprocessnotproduct:

Studio Visits: Wayne White

“Catch things that have been falling for a thousand years.”

thinkprocessnotproduct:

Studio Visits: Wayne White

“Catch things that have been falling for a thousand years.”

Jan 09, 2014
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Jean-Michel Basquiat, King Brand (1983) (via)

Jean-Michel Basquiat, King Brand (1983) (via)

Sep 10, 2013
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Mar 13, 2013
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“It’s more complicated than that.”

Edward Tufte, Complicated: yellow, print on canvas, 29 ½” x 29 ½”, edition of 3

“It’s more complicated than that.”

Edward Tufte, Complicated: yellow, print on canvas, 29 ½” x 29 ½”, edition of 3

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