New York

Tauba Auerbach, RGB Colorspace Atlas (detail), 2011, digital offset print on paper, case-bound book, with airbrushed cloth cover and page edges and binding construction by Daniel Kelm, set of three books, each 8 x 8 x 8".

Tauba Auerbach, RGB Colorspace Atlas (detail), 2011, digital offset print on paper, case-bound book, with airbrushed cloth cover and page edges and binding construction by Daniel Kelm, set of three books, each 8 x 8 x 8".

New York

“Ecstatic Alphabets/ Heaps Of Language”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
May 6–August 27, 2012

Curated by Laura Hoptman

If over the past forty-odd years “language in art” has become a commonplace of artistic production and discourse, a new form of integrating writing and typography into visual art has recently emerged—one that, by returning to experimental poetry’s concentration on the material qualities of language, works to pulverize contemporary speech and loose it from received meaning. MoMA takes note of this development in an exhibition assembling sixty-four works by twelve contemporary artists and artists’ groups—from the concrete lettering of Tauba Auerbach to the activist scripts of Sharon Hayes—and juxtaposing them with a selection of the museum’s own text-based art spanning the twentieth century. Insiders look forward to seeing British artist and designer Paul Elliman’s work alongside that of his former students Shannon Ebner, Experimental Jetset, and Dexter Sinister, the design and publishing collaboration, which will print a new edition of its Bulletins of the Serving Library to accompany the exhibition.