Art Book Pick

Art Book Pick

Art Book Pick: Karl Holmqvist’s ‘‘K’


It’s been a full three years since Swedish artist-poet Karl Holmqvist last presented work in New York, but the drought is finally over.

At the Museum of Modern Art, Mr. Holmqvist has lined the walls of a gallery in Laura Hoptman’s “Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language” with papers bearing his inimitable texts, long stretches of oddly ordered repetitions of language—carefully conceived poetry, pure sound, the ramblings of a madman—laid out in crisp black capital letters. Occasionally they transform into calligrams—piping hot coffee cups, for instance, with steam rising as snakelike streams of letters. Read More