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Word Works

July 28 – September 7, 2014

Tracey Emin_The Kiss Was Beautiful, 2013 (Red Heart) (45 9/16" x 49 11/16") Wall 2 - Casterline|Goodman Gallery

The Kiss Was Beautiful (Pink Heart), 2013 

Edition of 3, plus 2 APs


45 9/16 x 49 11/16 in. (115.8 x 126.2 cm)

Tracey Emin - The Kiss Was Beautiful, 2012 (Blue Heart and Pink Text Neon) _ Casterline|Goodman Gallery

The Kiss Was Beautiful (Blue Heart), 2012 

Edition of 3, plus 2 APs


45 9/16 x 49 11/16 in. (115.8 x 126.2 cm)


Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You?, 2011

Print on paper

32 x 50 inches (paper), 33 x 51 inches (framed)

Edition 5 of 10

Ed Ruscha_The Storm, 1984 (13" x 23") Framed - Casterline|Goodman Gallery

The Storm, 1984

Dry pigment on paper

13 x 23 inches

Signed and dated lower right

C|G - Ruscha_Las Palmas, 1967 (48" x 48")

Las Palmas, 1967

Oil on leather belt mounted on wood panel

48 x 48 inches

Signed verso on belt, signed verso on wood panel

To be included in upcoming final Ed Ruscha Catalogue Raisonne

ER - Bail Jumper_Front

Bail Jumper, 1990

Acrylic on canvas

36 x 48 ¼ inches

Signed and dated on the reverse

Richard Prince_Oedipus Complex, 1991 (56" x 48") Framed - Casterline|Goodman Gallery

Oedipus Complex, 1991

Oil and silkscreen on canvas

56 x 48 inches

Jean-Michel Basquiat_ Untitled (House Monkey) and Untitled (Andromeda), 1986 (11" x 8.5" each) Framed - Casterline|Goodman Gallery

Untitled (House Monkey) and Untitled (Andromeda), 1986

Ink on paper

11 x 8 ½ inches each

Authenticated, #61107, 61108

Works are accompanied by original certificates 

ER - So So

So-So, 1990

Acrylic on canvas

12 x 24 inches

Signed and dated on the reverse

Word Works: July 28, 2014 – September 7, 2014

For the last months of Summer, Casterline|Goodman is holding Word Works featuring a selection of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tracey Emin, Barbara Kruger, Richard Prince, and Ed Ruscha. The show will run from July 28, 2014 to September 7, 2014.


Art is a form of expression and communication and more so when the works are comprised of actual words and slogans. However, these works do not always have a clear meaning because they have a complicated tension between the physical properties and the physiological effects of the image. The origin of word art is entrenched in Pop ideology, which is known for being straightforward, but this 

series has a “surreal sense of simplicity that belies in its inward complexity”. Barbara Kruger, a conceptual artist, has said that, “making art is about objectifying your experience of the world, transforming the flow of moments into something visual, or textual, or musical, whatever. Art creates a kind of commentary.” Word art has confronted viewers in an accusatory manor, seduced them with its poetry, or provided a blunt, dead-pan humor. This “commentary” has had an array of responses, and confirms the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words.