Hansjörg Mayer

oil

1965

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Artist
Hansjörg Mayer born 1943
Medium
Letterpress print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 320 × 320 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tate Members 2013
Reference
P80970

Display caption

Poet, printer and typographer Hansjörg Mayer experimented extensively with the shapes of individual lower-case letters in the Futura typeface. This was a very common font in the typoetry genre, as seen in the works in these vitrines. Mayer was associated with the group of concrete poets gathered around philosopher Max Bense in Stuttgart. Bense was influenced by Brazilian concrete poetry and invited Haroldo de Campos to give lectures in Stuttgart. When Mayer later moved to England to teach, he in turn influenced a generation of British concrete poets.

Gallery label, February 2020

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