Something to put something on

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Steidl, 2008 - Art - 44 pages
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SOMETHING TO PUT SOMETHING ON was completed as a mock-up nearly ten years ago: a book posing serious questions concerning art, generously endowed with its maker's celebrated wordly wit, and intended for young readers. Weiner thus commenced a long search for a place to put what he had made - in this case, a publisher who would embrace a work that expands the scope of children's literature as well as the audience for artist books. All hope was nearly lost until one year ago, the mock-up was brought out and dusted off one final time. We at Steidl were delighted to make a place for this work and to undertake the first printed edition. It is appropriately the foundational book, the very impetus, of our Little Steidl program. Though the ideas Weiner contemplates lead back to youthful days, there is no familiar once upon a time to be found on these pages. Neither story book, nor autobiography, nor reference book, SOMETHING TO PUT SOMETHING ON is a questioning book, both forthright and intriguing. Weiner wields his red, orange, and blue letterforms to take up the question of a human being's relationship to objects and teases the reader into looking at a table in an entirely new light.

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About the author (2008)

Lawrence Weiner was born in 1942 in the Bronx, New York. Upon graduating from high school, he worked in a variety of jobs--on an oil tanker, on docks, and unloading railroad cars--and then traveled throughout North America before returning to New York, where he exhibited at the Seth Siegelaub Gallery in 1964 and 1965. Since the 1970s, wall installations consisting solely of words in a nondescript lettering have been a primary medium for Weiner. Solo exhibitions of his work have been mounted at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., ICA London, Dia Center for the Arts in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others. Weiner lives in New York and Amsterdam.

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