WORDS WITHOUT THOUGHTS NEVER TO HEAVEN GO

Curated by Dieter Buchhart


New York

Opening on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
From 6 to 8 pm

  • , Sunset , 1999
    Acrylic on linen
    20 x 24 inches (framed)
    50,8 x 60,9 cm (framed)
  • , Untitled, 1977
    Enamel on canvas
    33 1/4 x 37 1/4 inches
    84,5 x 94,5 cm
  • , Brillo Box (Soap Pads), 1964
    Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on wood
    20 1/8 x 20 x 17 inches
    51,1 x 50,8 x 43,2 cm
  • , Surréalisme, 1931 - 1932
    Collage
    5 3/8 x 4 inches
    13,8 x 10,2 cm
  • , Object (La Ruche), 1944 - 1946
    Construction
    5,5 x 2,9 cm
    2 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches
  • , Oklahoma-E, 1962
    Pencil, colored pencil and charcoal on tracing paper
    17 x 14 inches
    43,2 x 35,6 cm
  • , A point which is located halfway between the midpoint (...), 1973
    Ink on cardboard, double sided drawing
    19 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches
    50 x 50 cm
  • , I-Box, 1962
    Painted plywood cabinet coated with Sculptmetal, containing photograph
    18 7/8 x 12 5/8 x 1 5/8 inches
    48 x 32 x 4 cm
  • , Location, 1973
    Lead and aluminum on board
    21 1/8 x 21 1/8 x 15 inches
    53,7 x 53,7 x 38 cm

    Ed 5/17
  • , Swift Night Ruler, 1962
    Mixed media wood and paint
    10 x 28 1/2 x 1 inches
    25,4 x 72,4 x 2,5 cm
  • , Senza titolo (Raddoppiare dimezzando, Ordine e disordine), 1980
    Mixed media, collage and spray on paper laid on canvas
    27,55 x 39,37 inches
    70 x 100 cm
  • , MZ 245, Mal Kah, 1921
    Collage and crayon
    4 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches
    12,5 x 10 cm
  • , Erster Platz Mz 307 Jettchen, 1921
    Collage
    19,7 x 14,5 cm
    7 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches
  • , Untitled (875 G), 1921 / 1924
    Collage, gouache, and paper on paper
    10 7/8 x 8 5/8 inches
    27,7 x 21,9 cm
  • , Ohne Titel (Schatzi), 1920
    Collage on paper
    5 1/4 x 4 inches
    13,3 x 10,2 cm
  • , Gold out of Brown, 1946
    Collage
    11 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches
    29,4 x 24 cm
  • , Sans titre 29/35, 1929
    Cardboard and paper collage
    9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
    24 x 19,2 cm
  • , The Greatest Homosexual, 1978
    Pen, oil, watercolor and ribbon on paper
    90 x 59 1/4 x 2 inches (framed)
    228,6 x 150,5 x 5,08 cm (framed)
  • , Iron, 1962
    Encaustic and charcoal on wood
    9 3/4 x 7 1/8 inches
    24,8 x 18,1 cm
  • , La Trahison des Images (The Treachery of Images), 1952
    Indian ink on paper
    7 1/2 x 10 5/8 inches
    19 x 27 cm
  • , Baked Potato, 1962
    Oil, ink, and collage on paper
    12 x 11 1/2 inches
    30,5 x 29,2 cm
  • , Steak, 1962
    Oil and collage on paper
    11 3/4 x 12 inches
    29,8 x 30,5 cm
  • , Venus, 1982
    Xerox collage on canvas
    8 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches
    22 x 14 cm
  • , Je suis noir et beau, 1959
    Oil on canvas
    18 1/8 x 24 inches
    46 x 61 cm
  • , La caisse d’emballage, 1947
    Oil on canvas
    36 1/4 x 36 1/4 inches
    92 x 92 cm
  • , Fruit bowl, bottle, and glass (Compotier, bouteille et verre), August 1912 - September 1912
    Oil and sand on canvas
    23 5/8 x 28 3/4 inches
    60 x 73 cm
  • , Four Colors Four Words, 1966
    Violet, red, yellow, blue neon mounted directly on the wall
    3 7/8 x 77 1/2 inches
    10 x 197 cm
  • , Mz 26,45 Sch, 1925
    Collage on paper on artist’s mount
    5 3/4 x 4 1/8 inches
    14,5 x 10,6 cm
  • , Bottle and Glass (Bouteille et verre), 1921
    Oil on canvas
    13 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches
    35 x 22 cm
  • , None Sing/Neon Sign, 1970
    Neon
    13 x 24 inches
    33 x 61 cm
  • , Heaven, 1986
    Oil on canvas
    59 x 145 1/2 inches
    149,9 x 369,6 cm
  • , Man With a Newspaper, 1914
    Charcoal on paper
    12 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches
    31,6 x 23,8 cm
  • , Être ou ne pas être , 1912
    Gouache on paper
    4 3/8 x 17 1/8 inches
    11 x 43,5 cm
  • , Still Life with Bottle of Vittel, 1920
    Oil on canvas
    45 x 32 cm
    17 3/4 x 12 5/8 inches
  • , Still Life with Newspaper, 1923
    Oil on wood
    5 1/8 x 6 7/8 inches
    13 x 17,5 cm
  • , In Bianco, 1984
    Acrylic, silkscreen, and pastel on canvas
    48 x 66 1/8 inches
    122 x 168 cm
  • , Untitled (You Kill Time), 1983
    Black & white photograph, in Artist’s frame
    71 x 48 inches
    180,3 x 121,9 cm
  • , Nine Discourses on Commodus by Cy Twombly at Leo Castelli, 1964
    Colored pencil and graphite on paper
    27 3/8 x 19 5/8 inches
    69,6 x 49,8 cm
  • , Don’t Wake Daddy VII, 1994
    Oil on canvas
    47 1/4 x 39 1/4 inches
    120 x 99,6 cm
  • , La dernière chose qu'on trouve…, First half of the 20th century
    Watercolor on paper
    8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches
    21,5 x 27,2 cm
  • , Wall Segment, 1982
    Oil stick on thick plasterboard, wood and iron
    41 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 5 inches
    105,4 x 69,9 x 12,7 cm

Press release

To write does not mean to convert the real into words but to make the power of the word real. 
    Augusto Roa Bastos,  I the Supreme1

Almine Rech Gallery New York is pleased to present Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go featuring the word as an image and its metonymic relation to the motif itself. The title refers to, as Ed Ruscha put it: “a noble quotation that is as timeless as it is poetic,"2 a line said by King Claudius in act three of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In a time where the word as a written unity - i.e. the meaning of the word and the displayed word - have become highly disparate due to digital and social media, the exhibition Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go points towards the actuality of a thorough examination of the word in artworks. The exhibition follows the increasing importance of words in art, starting from Modernism and leading up through the twentieth century and into today.  


Selected press


Artists

  • Joseph Kosuth
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat
  • Alighiero Boetti
  • Georges Braque
  • Francesco Clemente
  • Joseph Cornell
  • Juan Gris
  • Jasper Johns
  • Martin Kippenberger
  • Barbara Kruger
  • Sol LeWitt
  • René Magritte
  • Robert Morris
  • Bruce Nauman
  • Larry Rivers
  • Ed Ruscha
  • Mario Schifano
  • Kurt Schwitters
  • Cy Twombly
  • Ben Vautier
  • Andy Warhol