Hansjörg Mayer

alphabet square

1967

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View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Hansjörg Mayer born 1943
Medium
Monoprint on paper
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 480 x 480 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tate Members 2013
Reference
P80976

Display caption

Poet, printer and typographer Hansjörg Mayer experimented extensively with the shapes of individual lower-case letters in the futura typeface. In Mayer’s works based on repetition and superimposition of the letters of the alphabet, written language becomes pure image. This is typical of concrete poetry, a genre initiated in the 1950s in Brazil in the context of Neo-concrete visual art. Mayer was associated with the group of concrete poets gathered around philosopher Max Bense in Stuttgart, as well as with British figures such as Ian Hamilton Finlay.

Gallery label, October 2016

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