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Writing on the Wall
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Now published in paperback, this book is the first systematic study to explore the way in which words have encroached on the visual arts from the late 19th century to the present day. From the Impressionists to contemporary practitioners, "Writing on the Wall" shows how artists have responded to an environment increasingly saturated with words, and how the mass media has adopted and adapted artistic devices in typography, propaganda and advertising.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Words and Pictures; 2. Grand Bazar Universel: Impressionist Words; 3. Merahi metua no Tehamana: Symbolist Words; 4. KUB: Cubist Words; 5. Parole-in-Liberta: Futurist Words; 6. L.H.O.O.Q.: Dada Words; 7. Futura: Constructivist Words; 8. L'Alphabet des reves: Surrealist Words; 9. Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge: Words and Power; 10. Writing Degree Zero: Post-War Words; 11. Intermedia: Neo-Dada Words; 12. Coca-Cola: Pop Words; 13. Art as Idea as Idea: Conceptual Words I; 14. A Heap of Language: Conceptual Words II; 15. The Prison-House of Language: Postmodern Words; 16. Creolization: Millennial Words; 17. Epilogue: Hypertext and Future Words.

About the Author

Simon Morley is an artist, curator, writer and lecturer. He has published widely, and teaches at the Sotheby's Institute of Art. His paintings have been exhibited internationally.

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"An intriguing survey of word-imbued artworks of the modern period, Writing on the wall will surely be a touchstone for readings on the relationship between language and art across time. While filling a gap in the current scholarship on text in art, Morley has crafted in clear, accessible prose, a study that is easily extrapolated beyond modernism, Indeed beyond the fine arts. It is an adventuresome work, and extremely stimulating."

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