In the public sphere, what makes writing art?
People have been putting words on walls for centuries. Out in the public arena, words, whether printed on posters or painted directly on the surfaces of buildings, are a vehicle for transmitting messages, often social or political in nature, to a particular group or the community at large. In both Jenny Holzer’s For the Guggenheim and Faro’s name tag, we can literally see the writing on the wall. But can we see the art?