Words to be Looked at PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

Words to be Looked at free pdf Language has been a primary element in visual art since the 1960s--whether in the form of printed texts, painted signs, words on the wall, or recorded speech. In Words to Be Looked At, Liz Kotz traces this practice to its beginnings, examining works of visual art, poetry, and experimental music created in and around New York City from 1958 to 1968. In many of these works, language has been reduced to an object nearly emptied of meaning. Robert Smithson described a 1967 exhibition at the Dwan Gallery as consisting of "Language to be Looked at and/or Things to be Read." Kotz considers the paradox of artists living in a time of social upheaval who used words but chose not to make statements with them. Kotz traces the proliferation of text in 1960s art to the use of words in musical notation and short performance scores. She makes two works the "bookends" of her study: the "text score" for John Cage's legendary 1952 work 4'33"--written instructions directing a performer to remain silent during three arbitrarily determined time brackets--and Andy Warhol's notorious a: a novel--twenty-four hours of endless talk, taped and transcribed--published by Grove Press in 1968. Examining works by artists and poets including Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, George Brecht, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Jackson Mac Low, and Lawrence Weiner, Kotz argues that the turn to language in 1960s art was a reaction to the development of new recording and transmission media: words took on a new materiality and urgency in the face of magnetic sound, videotape, and other emerging electronic technologies. Words to Be Looked At is generously illustrated, with images of many important and influential but little-known works.

About Liz Kotz

Liz Kotz teaches in the Art History Department at the University of California, Riverside.

Details Book

Author : Liz Kotz
Publisher : MIT Press
Data Published : 02 April 2010
ISBN : 0262514036
EAN : 9780262514033
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 344 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews Words to be Looked at



17 Comments Add a comment




Related eBooks Download


  • Say the Sound (Key Words) free pdfSay the Sound (Key Words)

    "Key Words with Peter and Jane" uses the most frequently met words in the English language as a starting point for learning to read successfully and confidently. The Key Words reading scheme is scientifically researched and world renowned..


  • Our Friends (Key Words) free pdfOur Friends (Key Words)

    "Key Words with Peter and Jane" uses the most frequently met words in the English language as a starting point for learning to read successfully and confidently. The Key Words reading scheme is scientifically researched and world renowned..


  • Read and Write (Key Words) free pdfRead and Write (Key Words)

    "Key Words with Peter and Jane" uses the most frequently met words in the English language as a starting point for learning to read successfully and confidently. The Key Words reading scheme is scientifically researched and world renowned..


  • Beyond Words free pdfBeyond Words

    Beyond Words is a highly visual. thematically-organized reader intended for use in introductory composition courses. With 350 images and over 70 readings. Beyond Words offers a rich environment in which students can learn strategies for reading and responding to both verbal and visual texts and practice informative..


  • Complete Rhyming Dictionary free pdfComplete Rhyming Dictionary

    This authoritative. comprehensive handbook contains virtually all the rhyming words possible in the English language and is a must for anyoe who works with words. Updated to meet the needs of today's wordsmiths..


  • Words to be Looked at free pdfWords to be Looked at

    . Language has been a primary element in visual art since the 1960s--whether in the form of printed texts, painted signs, words on the wall, or recorded speech. In Words to Be Looked At, Liz Kotz trac