Any designer can tell you the importance of text. Its placement, font, color, feeling, style and meaning all affect how we understand the words themselves. Calligraffiti:1984-2013 gives us a global taste of the power of text in art over the past 30 years.
Originally curated in 1984 by LA Museum of Contemporary Art Director Jeffrey Deitch, the updated exhibition features work from more than 50 artists from around the world, who render text as graffiti, calligraphy and contemporary art.
Artists like Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly make text that doesn’t really look like text — highlighting text as art in and of itself, not necessarily something that bears literal meaning. Jean-Michael Basquiat and Keith Haring use language to augment their works.
In Basquiat’s “Portrait of Keith Haring in Mudd Club Guest Book,” he chickenscratches “Keith” next to a sketch of his friend and fellow artist, identifying a portrait that could be anyone... keep reading