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.