Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go

Almine Rech Gallery, New York  UPPER EAST SIDE | NEW YORK | USA
OCTOBER 31, 2017-DECEMBER 16, 2017
Almine Rech Gallery New York is pleased to present Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go featuring the word as an image and its metonymic relation to the motif itself. The title refers to, as Ed Ruscha put it: “a noble quotation that is as timeless as it is poetic,"2 a line said by King Claudius in act three of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In a time where the word as a written unity - i.e. the meaning of the word and the displayed word - have become highly disparate due to digital and social media, the exhibition Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go points towards the actuality of a thorough examination of the word in artworks. The exhibition follows the increasing importance of words in art, starting from Modernism and leading up through the twentieth century and into today.
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