Writing by Drawing: When Language Seeks Its Other

Andrea Bellini


Skira, 2020. Hardcover, 288pp., 8.25 x 11.75 inches


Looking at the rich tradition of art, from the early 20th century to the present, in which writing sheds its communicative function and pursues the inarticulable, Writing by Drawing explores the fertile tension between the semantic and the uncharted territory of automatism, mark-making and scribbles―the “asemic.”

Artists include Douglas Abdell, Vincenzo Accame, Rosaire Appel, Tchello d’Barros, Gianfranco Baruchello, Tomaso Binga, Irma Blank, Nick Blinko, Alighiero Boetti, Marcia Brauer, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Elijah Burgher, Axel Calatayud, Gaston Chaissac, Laura Cingolani, Guy de Cointet, Aloïse Corbaz, Dadamaino, Betty Danon, Hanne Darboven, Michel Dave, Michael Dean, Mirtha Dermisache, Emmanuel Derriennic, Jean Dubuffet, Giordano Falzoni, León Ferrari, Chiara Fumai, Pepe Gaitán, Jill Galliéni, Ryan Gander, Anne-Marie Gbindoun, Marco Giovenale, Rafael González, Giorgio Griffa, Mariangela Guatteri, Gustav, Elisabetta Gut, Brion Gysin, Ana Hatherly, Emma Hauck, Takanori Herai, Joseph Heuer, Susan Hiller, Steffani Jemison, Carlo Keshishian, Henri Michaux, Miriam Midley, Bruno Munari and more.