B+W is part of the Word Prints series, a set of seven silkscreens produced by Richard Kostelanetz in 1975. These simple monochromatic works exemplify the type of ‘visual’ poetry that aligns Kostelanetz with other key figures who hybridised art and poetry such as John Giorno and John Cage. Kostelanetz writes, “My aim here was the creation of a visual form so appropriate to a certain word that the whole picture would have an indelible impact. What is called an afterimage would be left in the viewer’s mind, primarily because the shape endowed the word with certain resonances that would otherwise be unavailable.”
Richard Kostelanetz (b. 1940) is a writer, artist, critic and editor. His mediums include prints, books, sound and film. He lives and works in New York.
Edition of 50
27.1 × 41.1 inches framed
26 × 40 inches unframed