15 | The Power of Text - when artists get literal

15 | The Power of Text - when artists get literal

Is a painting still a painting if it has words in it? That's what we're talking about today. I'm giving you a brief background of the history of text in art and some contemporary examples of artists who utilize this aesthetic. 

Old School Art with Text


Robert Indiana (1928-2018)


Conceptual Art

John Baldessari (1931- ) & Ed Ruscha (1937- )


Protest Art

Chicano Movement - Ester Hernandez (1944- )


Feminist Art

Barbara Kruger (1945- ) & Shirin Neshat (1957- )


Chinese Artists

Xu Bing (1955- ) & Qiu Zhijie (1969- )


Links / articles mentioned

Language - essay for the Tate

Language & Art - MoMA Learning

Harriet Baker - #WordWeek: AnOther's Top 10 Word Artists - An Other Magazine 

Andrew Russeth - Robert Indiana, Pop Purveyor of Love, Hope, and American Darkness, Dies at 89 - ArtNews

Robert Indiana - bio and resources - Artsy.net

Rowan Bain - Ester Hernandez: Sun Mad - Art in Print

Dirty Baby - Tate entry

Allison Young - Shirin Neshat, Rebellious Silence, Women of Allah series - Khan Academy

16 | Chain Links - the importance of archives

16 | Chain Links - the importance of archives

14 | Is it Art?

14 | Is it Art?