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Hi
I'm looking for examples of 'Typography as art' ie where letterform is the only or main part of a piece of art.
If you have any links or suggestions I would be happy to hear them.
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Kurt Schwitters
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Marinetti

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Journal of the Vorticists can't find any of the internal pages at the moment.

Tim

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my favourite; Ed Ruscha

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Bruce Nauman
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In sweden we have a designer Gabor Palotai, he often uses only typography to create his design/art. However I’m not sure it is supposed to be called art or not — and btw, who is the judge of that — but it sure is "arty". He has done a few books that is quite cool.

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Very nice, Aziz. Are those yours?

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My work is very typographic - I hand carve linoleum alphabets and print with them on fabric dishtowels, shirts and bolts of fabric. I have an installation hanging in the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln Massachusetts:

http://www.decordova.org/decordova/exhibit/2008/2008%20Annual/ahern.htm

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mitchelka@electrocaster.org

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If mine, I would have won at least one of these battles:
http://typophile.com/typophile_tee_contest_2008
http://typophile.com/battle27
With FLowers

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Escape C4 is brilliant!

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hi guys
Please this is urgent!

Does anyone know if the Kufi Ayah posted on this sheet is copy written? I mean can I use it in one of my designs?

I would highly appreciate a quick answer!

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I like the work of Catherine Zask, she makes some interesting typographic posters…

http://www.catherinezask.com

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Tauba Auerbach

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The most popular and well known is probably "Love" by Robert Indiana.

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Look for Arabic, there is an old 1990 Baseline magazine with some good examples. I had it but someone at Microsoft didn't give it back to me.

http://www.islamicart.com/main/calligraphy/index.html

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There has been a great exhbition at British Museum recently Word into Art I was so impressed that when I wento to Morocco I had bought some caligraphy in Essouaria and my wife started caligraphy doodling.

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Of the arabic theme, there are some interesting typographic works in the 'Community' > 'Galeria' section here.

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Tom Phillips

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Oh yes, I second that Arabic is beautiful, but for me arabic is more an art of calligraphy, not typography. Two weeks ago I was to a seminar with Linotype’s Nadine Chahine who is developing the arabic fonts at Linotype. Some examples that she showed of old arabic calligraphy, it just blew my mind – so beautiful pieces of art.

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Jasper Johns (numbers and alphabets).

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How about Barbara Kruger?

http://www.barbarakruger.com/

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christopher wool

(search google images)

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hah, how one can forget this great chap
http://www.siscottdesign.com/

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Drawings with Arabic ABC

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Affiches lacérées:
François Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Jacques Villeglé etc.

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Pablo Picasso and George Braque
René Magritte
Ilia Zdanevich
Glenn Ligon
Fred Eerdekens

This book may be a helpful survey.

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Dada.

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=dada&btnG=Google+Search&ie=UTF-8...

not sure why that link is not active, but I did an image search for Dada on google and found a lot of examples of typography art.

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Thanks for that link, Satya. I've seen this guys work before (and loved it!), but didn't know who made it.

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hey... azizwhat i like most in ur artwork is the" leader " ;)
gr8 work!
this is a type of arabic calligraphy art (kufi handasa)

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Tom, you might enjoy this (via Typographica)
http://typeforyou.blogspot.com/2006/08/si-scott-interview.html

Not really an artist in the same terms as the others here but still.

Tim

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I sure do, Tim! Thanks!

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Mostafa, I love that stuff.

hhp

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thanx hrant... i've got more ;)

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Stephen,
There're a few gems here. I particularly like the large works work of Stefan Sagmeister.

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it has to be said - a lot of stuff suggested here that isn't art.

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Miles's comment reminds of something:
There was a guy on Typophile who was painting tableaus of letterforms.
In particular I remember one of a detail of a hedera. Very cool angle.

Rob, nice.

hhp

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you might find this useful:
http://typophile.com/node/18574

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April Greiman

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Here's that glyph tableau painter guy:
http://typophile.com/node/15101

hhp

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Metofa, that piece of art does not belong to me.
See whose work and more in this Arabic site
Happy Exploring with Flowers

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Who is that Hero? Shy?

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Aziz, thanx alot 4 the site... interesting

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Wow! Arabic Calligraphy is having a very good space in this topic. But I have to agree with Goran Soderstrom; I know a lot of good work of arabic calligaphy, especially here in Egypt we have some strong calligraphers! but most of arabic fonts - I have seen or even shared in making - are not having the quality that our calligraphy has. But Any way here what I can find regarding typography:
http://www.arabicfonts.com/logogallery.asp

Ahmad Shawkash

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> most of arabic fonts ... are not having the quality that our calligraphy has.

Perhaps you agree, but: it does need a different kind of quality.

hhp

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Acutally, I can't agree more.

Ahmad Shawkash

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> most of arabic fonts … are not having the quality that our calligraphy has.
Plenty are the Arabic Fonts, but very few are Fonty

> Wow! Arabic Calligraphy is having a very good space in this topic.
Wow! ShawKash's Kaligrafi is having a very good space in this topic.

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