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WITS’ END
RONI HORN


$100.00  
         







Published by Hauser & Wirth.
120 pages.
Hardcover.

In the two series of drawings that comprise Wits’ End, Roni Horn takes handwritten idioms, clichés and colloquialisms as her source material. Horn asked approximately 300 people to write down five of these vernacular phrases, which were then made into individual silkscreens. This title is the seventh in a series of books by Horn gathering series of works, two of which – bird (2008) and aka (2010) – were published by Hauser & Wirth Publishers.In Wits’ End Sample (2018), shown at the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas, in 2018–19, the idioms are screened in a unique configuration directly on the wall; Wits' End Mash (2019) consists of compositions of 75 to 350 idioms silkscreened on paper. These drawings engage the 'moments when language fails and connotation migrates', with meaning that 'delights in instability and movement', as Michelle White writes in her essay included in this volume.

        BLUE FLOWER TEXTS, ŌTAUTAHI, 2021