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Art, Word and Image

2,000 Years of Visual/Textual Interaction

Distributed for Reaktion Books

Art, Word and Image

2,000 Years of Visual/Textual Interaction

What does it mean to say that a painting has been “invaded” by language? Art, Word and Image answers this question by exploring how visual images and writing can work in dialogue in an artwork. Whether the picture frame is encroached upon by doodlings, as with Adolf Wolfli’s seemingly irrational scribbles, or a plea to spirituality is blazoned across a vast canvas, as in the moving images of Colin McCahon, we can be sure that words here have a special meaning, one beyond everyday communication.
Art, Word and Image, one of the first books to examine the use of language in art, is constructed around three major chronological essays by renowned scholars John Dixon Hunt, David Lomas, and Michael Corris. Their essays chart the use and significance of words in art—from Classical Greece through the Middle Ages and Renaissance to modern digital media.

410 pages | 250 color plates, 70 halftones | 8 1/4 x 11 | © 2010

Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents

Preface by Michael R. Leaman
Introduction by John Dixon Hunt

I  The Fabric and the Dance: Word and Image to 1900
         John Dixon Hunt

  1  Blake’s Illuminated Word
          Joseph Viscomi

II  ’New in art, they are already soaked in humanity:’ Word and Image 1900-1945
          David Lomas

  2 Paul Klee as ’Poet-Painter’ 
          Jeremy Adler

  3 Sense and Nonsense in Kurt Schwitters
          Michael White

III  Word and Image in Art since 1945
           Michael Corris

4  August Walla: Devil/God, Image/Text
           Stephen Barber

5  ’The Sound of Painting:’ Colin McCahon
           Rex Butler and Laurence Simmons

6  Revelation in Image and Word: The Apocalypse according to Horst Haack
           Barbara Weyandt

7  Raymond Pettibon: Words and Images
           Hamza Walker

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Photo Acknowledgements

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