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Book Cover for Zang Tumb Tumb
Book Cover for Zang Tumb Tumb
Artist / Origin Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (Italian, 1876–1944)
Region: Europe
Date 1914
Material Type on colored paper
Dimensions H: 8 1/16 in. (20.4 cm.), W: 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm.)
Location Private Collection
Credit © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. Courtesy of Bridgeman Art Library

expert perspective

Sylvia WolfDirector of the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle

Book Cover for Zang Tumb Tumb

» Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (Italian, 1876–1944)

expert perspective

Sylvia Wolf Sylvia Wolf Director of the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle

The idea of what constitutes meaning is crucial in this discussion of art and the written word. When I try and trace how did it come about that artists began using words as evocative of ideas by abstracting them from their narrative function or from their job as text and description, I go back to 1888. And I go to the advent of the half-tone printing process, when for the first time visual or images and words could be reproduced en masse to be broadly disseminated. And then the Kodak Number One camera was invented, and at that point everybody could make images, not just painters or professional photographers.

And in the twenties and the thirties, when you move through Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism, and Futurism, all of them are heavily dependent on language and words and images for any number of different reasons, and the collision of what happens when you put these things together in a fashion that is out of the norm, they no longer become information in the manner in which we were used to.” 

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