Kristen Cliffel, The Dirty Dozen, 2010, low fire clay, glaze, lustre, wood and lucite, 32 x 23 x 23 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the artist in honor of Mitchell D. Kahan 2012.102 a-n
Robert Arneson, Nuke News, 1983, bronze, 19 x 22 x 28 1/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museu, Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Plan Program and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation 1990.11
Shusaku Arakawa, The Sharing of Numbers, 1984-1986, litho screenprint with blind embossing on paper, 36 5/8 x 56 5/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Arthur Feldman 1992.15
Installation view of Language in Art at the Akron Art Museum, 2014, Photo by Joe Levack/Studio Akron
Language in Art
From the early 20th century, when Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque introduced words into their Cubist still life paintings and collages, artists have incorporated language into their images. Language in Art explores the variety of ways contemporary artists utilize words in artworks from the Akron Art Museum collection.
While Shusaku Arakawa surrounds a poem by his wife with directional lines to explore relationships between time and space, Lesley Dill associates Emily Dickinson’s poetry with the human form in an innovative lithograph printed on organza. Kristen Cliffel frosts sumptuous ceramic cupcakes with questions regarding society’s expectations of women and Sophie Calle creates an imaginative illustrated narrative from photographs and notes she recorded while working as a chambermaid in a Venice hotel.
The exhibition also features sculptures, prints and photographs by Robert Arneson, Vernon Fisher, Ed Ruscha, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems and William T. Wiley.
This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum.