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My favorite art is the kind made with giant words, here are some examples of that

I don't know if there's a more accurate name for this type of art, besides "conceptual art" – but the my favorite kind of art is when the artist makes stuff with giant bits of typography.

This post will introduce two of my favorites.

Artist #1: Lawrence Weiner

This is the first artist I came across that makes this kind of art. As this gallery says, Weiner "is among the trailblazers of the 1960s to present art as language."

Here's an awesome 5-minute video with him from 2008.

I first heard about him from the design matters podcast back in 2008. the website for the episode is still online but the CSS seems to be stripped from the site, leaving the typography in the default 12-point Times New Roman which kinda works for this guy.

Here's another one of his works:

Other resources: wikipedia / this art gallery

Artist #2: Robert Montgomery

This guy is British and has been making art more recently than Weiner. Here's a bit from his biography:

Robert Montgomery follows a tradition of conceptual art and stands out by bringing a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. Montgomery creates billboard poems, light pieces, fire poems, woodcuts and watercolors.

Here are some examples of his work:

and this one:

Check out more on his site.

I like this kind of art for a bunch of reasons.

let's make a list since this is a blog post.

Oh yeah Stefan Sagmeister does stuff like this too but everyone knows about him already.


July 19, 2021


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