April 25,2003 - Nov 16,2003
Visual Poetics: Art and the Word presents fifty-six works by an international roster of artists, focusing on the interaction of word and image. The exhibition is a richly varied display, involving several languages and many media, from small, intimate artists’ books, to large expressionistic paintings. Some artists pair text with image, while others employ words as compositional devices. In many cases language is the image itself. Visual Poetics explores three main themes—language as form, language and politics, and language that imbues a work with psychological content. The exhibition features works by such artists as José Bedia, Jenny Holzer, Michel Majerus, Stéphane Mallarmé, André Masson, Rivane Neuenschwander, Tom Phillips, Ed Ruscha, Carrie Mae Weems, and Christopher Wool. The works are drawn from MAM's permanent holdings and from private collections, including the internationally renowned Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.
Organized by Miami Art Museum and supported by Miami Art Museum's Annual Exhibition Fund. Curated by MAM Associate Curator, Cheryl Hartup.
Just as language is poetic when it captures a moment without
exactly telling a story, we can speak of poetry in art that evokes
an emotion or idea with the sweep of a line or a radiant passage
of light. There is a special kind of poetry that comes when
image and word are combined