The Word is Art

The Word is Art
Michael Petry
Thames & Hudson

Essentially this is a book about the ‘death of the book’, as artist and curator Michael Petry addresses concerns with advancing technology and its threat to the written word; he asks what value can text hold in the sphere of visual art? The answer is found, ironically, in Petry’s own text, that words are a principle tool of communication and remain ‘critical, powerful, and central to art.’

With images and text in equal measure, this publication follows the use of the word throughout art history, from ancient Greece to the present with reference to art movements and art forms as well as a focus on contemporary artists who use text and language to highlight pressing global issues: religion, politics, race, and gender.