What is Concrete Poetry?

A new exhibition at the Getty Research Institute explores the international concrete poetry movement, this exhibition focuses on the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1950s, ‘60s, and '70s. Featuring works by foundational figures Augusto de Campos and Ian Hamilton Finlay, Concrete Poetry explores how these artists invented new forms such as cube poems and standing poems and continuously re-created their projects across media. Poetry by contemporaries including Henri Chopin, Ernst Jandl, Mary Ellen Solt, and Emmett Williams also plays a prominent role.

Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space is on view through July 30, 2017 at the Getty Research Institute.

Jerry G. Bowles and Tony Russell, This Book is a Movie: An Exhibition of Language Art & Visual Poetry, Dell Publishing Co., New York, 1971. Featuring the work of Vito Acconci, Arakawa, Bob Cobbing, Ian Hamilton Finlay, John Furnival, Davi Det Hompson, Jasper Johns, Lucy R. Lippard, Tom Ockerse, Tom Phillips, Aram Saroyan, Mary Ellen Solt, Lawrence Weiner, Emmett Williams, Jonathan Williams, and others.


“Anyone with a little garden can think of it and experience it like a work of art. Art itself doesn’t need to just be what we see in galleries, it can be in a landscape.”

«Invenção» – Revista de Arte de Vanguarda, N.° 3, Edited by Décio Pignatari, Edição Invenção, Junho 1963