Curated by Dieter Buchhart

New York

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

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.  


  • 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