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Looking at Words: A Poetry of Shape

From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation


Ed Ruscha (American, born 1937)
Etc., edition 19/50, 1991
Lithograph
15 1/8 x 18 inches
Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Ed Ruscha (American, born 1937). Etc., edition 19/50, 1991. Lithograph. 15 1/8 x 18 inches. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. © Ed Ruscha.

Jenny Holzer (American, born 1950)
Use What is Dominant in a Culture to Change it Quickly, 1990
Screenprint on aluminum
15 x 18 inches
Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Jenny Holzer (American, born 1950). Use What is Dominant in a Culture to Change it Quickly, 1990. Screenprint on aluminum. 15 x 18 inches. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. © 2019 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987)
Clock, 1953
Graphite on paper
10 7/8 x 8 ½ inches
Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987). Clock, 1953. Graphite on paper. 10 7/8 x 8 ½ inches. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Lorna Simpson (American, born 1960). <em>Details (soulful)</em>, edition 35/40, 1996. Photogravure with screenprinted text. 10 x 8 inches. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.

Lorna Simpson (American, born 1960). Details (soulful), edition 35/40, 1996. Photogravure with screenprinted text. 10 x 8 inches. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. © Lorna Simpson. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

A current exhibition
at The Baker Museum

December 1, 2019 – April 5, 2020
Located on the third floor of The Baker Museum


Looking at Words: A Poetry of Shape features over 200 artworks of diverse media by 20 prominent contemporary visual artists, whose practices have centered on their rigorous examination and powerful rendering of language and text as subject matter and as visual form. It provides the general historical context of such text-based artworks by tracing their ascendance back to Conceptual Art and Pop Art that emerged in the 1960s and ’70s. This exhibition amply demonstrates a variety of the thought-provoking ways in which these artistic giants have explored the potential of written language — sometimes paired with image in an evocative and poetic manner, and other times to disrupt a viewer’s preconceived notions about language as a rational system of communication. Many of these artists of words are also deeply concerned with sociopolitical, historical and cultural dimensions of American life, as well as their own personal, philosophical and universal issues.      

Drawn entirely from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, the exhibition includes works by John Baldessari, Mel Bochner, Louise Bourgeois, Chris Burden, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Barbara Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Josiah McElheny, Bruce Nauman, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Lorna Simpson, Andy Warhol, and Carrie Mae Weems. Taken altogether, their language-based artworks exhibit a wide range of conceptual approaches, perspectives and visual strategies that define paramount trends and practice in contemporary art.

This exhibition is organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum.


Bruce Nauman (American, born 1941)
Violins/Violence, edition 22/23, 1985
Drypoint
28 x 39 1/8 inches
Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Bruce Nauman (American, born 1941). Violins/Violence, edition 22/23, 1985. Drypoint. 28 x 39 1/8 inches. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. © 2019 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

John Baldessari (American, b. 1931)
Engravings with Sounds: SNEEZE, edition 3/30, 2015
Archival inkjet print
26 x 25 ¼ inches
Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

John Baldessari (American, b. 1931). Engravings with Sounds: SNEEZE, edition 3/30, 2015. Archival inkjet print. 26 x 25 ¼ inches. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. © Courtesy of John Baldessari.

Bochner, Mel, American (b. 1940)
Blah, Blah, Blah, edition PP 2/4, 2008
etching with aquatint
sheet: 34 1/8 x 19 in.
frame: 39 1/2 x 24 inches
Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer (HIPM) 2018.2

Mel Bochner, (American, b. 1940). Blah, Blah, Blah, edition PP 2/4, 2008. Etching with aquatint. Sheet: 34 1/8 x 19 inches. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer (HIPM) 2018.25. © Courtesy of the artist and Two Palms, NY.

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