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Word Pictures

Childrens gallery

Dates + times

7 July 2012 – 10 February 2013
Open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm every day

Tickets

FREE

Contacts

Recorded information +61 2 6240 6501
General information +61 2 6240 6411
For visitors with mobility difficulties +61 2 6240 6411
email contact

 

Image detail above:
Brook Andrew, Wiradjuri people
I see you 2005
Print, stencil National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of the artist, donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2012 © the artist

A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes. Since the early 20th century when Picasso and Braque made their radical breakthrough with Cubism, there has been a flourishing of modern and contemporary art produced with text at its core. Alphabets with their infinite potential for words; the visual form of letters; the art of printmaking with its origins in typography; and the artists’ book are some of the themes explored in this exhibition. Word Pictures is the National Gallery of Australia’s contribution to the National Year of Reading. This selection of surprising and often humorous works of art reveals the artists’ playful connections between our visual and written languages.

Brook Andrew, Wiradjuri people
I see you 2005
Print, stencil
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of the artist, donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2012
© the artist