Barbara Kruger, Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved by You?,
2011, Casterline|Goodman Gallery. Click to inquire
. During the Renaissance-when illiteracy was a bit more common-the incorporation of writing in artworks was a bit sparse. Nevertheless, artist signatures pop up, most notably in works by Italian Master Raphael. His Deposition
displays a prominent signature on a rock in the foreground, claiming his artistic creation. Today, text within artworks go beyond artists’ signatures and can be the main attraction in contemporary art rather than a small detail.
Mr. Brainwash, Liberty,
2015, Mixed media on panel, Contessa Gallery. Click to inquire
Michael Chapman, Evening Contentment,
Oil on canvas, Arcadia Contemporary. Click to inquire
. The popularity of graffiti as an art form-much like the popularity of street style-demonstrates the democratic quality of text. It’s now monumentalized as an art form. Many artists in FADA’s inventory are known for their text-as-art works. Our newest FADA Member Gallery Casterline|Goodman has in their inventory a Barbara Kruger work. Kruger utilizes text in commanding and thought-provoking questions-particularly in the one featured above.
Raymond Pettibon, Untitled (How Comes It So Great A Silence…),
from Plots on Loan I,
2000, Lithograph, Leslie Sacks Gallery. Click to inquire
Edward S. Goldman, Rooms for Rent,
1971, Acrylic on canvas, David Cook Galleries. Click to inquire
. These universal messages attest to the growing inclusivity of art. Capable of being read by many, artworks with text often re-think typical art mediums and the potential of their visibility. Text as art implicitly acknowledges its more accessible platform-begging questions rather than answering them.
William Powhida, What is An Artist?,
2017, 4 color Letterpress, laser cut and die cut parts mounted on Reich Savoy Brilliant White paper, Bert Green Fine Art. Click to inquire