Weekly art websites: when text becomes art
Tuesday 26 October 2010
This week's selection of websites highlights the work of conceptual and contemporary artists using text and language within their practice.
Jenny Holzer - http://www.jennyholzer.com/
American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer uses text in a multitude of different forms to generate meaningful discussions about topics such as violence, feminism, oppression and death. Her text-based works can be seen projected across buildings, plastered on billboards, flashing across large LED installations and lurking on the internet.
Lawrence Weiner - http://www.mariangoodman.com/artists/lawrence-weiner/
Lawrence Weiner is an American conceptual artist who often works with typographic texts. His text-based statements describing the creation of artworks blur the line between art as a physical gesture and as a concept.
Glenn Ligon - http://www.luhringaugustine.com/artists/glenn-ligon
Glenn Ligon explores the concepts of race, identity, language and sexuality through his text-based works. The American artist attempts to "make language into a physical thing, something that has real weight and force to it."
Lilian Lijn - http://www.lilianelijn.com/
American artist Lilian Lijn is a sculptor who works across a range of media, but is perhaps best known for her text-based and kinetic works.
Bruce Nauman - http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/nauman/
Bruce Nauman's work is inspired by everyday speech and conversation. The contemporary American artist's constant dialogue with language is manifested through his installations, sculptures, photographs, neon, drawings, videos and performances.
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