Lawrence Weiner

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Phaidon, 1998 - Art - 160 pages
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This volume surveys the work of one of the canonical Conceptual artists ofhe 1960s, American artist Lawrence Weiner. He pioneered the radicalroposition that the work of art could exist as a concept, without the needor physical materials which will decay and which transform art into consumeroods.;As well as being art historically significant, making an enormousmpact on subsequent generations, Weiner continues to occupy a powerfulresence in the contemporary artworld through an ongoing series ofxhibitions and public commissions. He composes texts which are evocative ofrocess, materials, structure and history. Working within the specifics of aarticular site he uses its architecture and geography as inspiration. Helways uses Univers Condensed, a simple, utilitarian yet elegant typeface,dding a painterly quality with his choice of vivid colours or starkonochromes. Weiner is dedicated to the idea of access, distribution and theree circulation of art and ideas. To this end he has situated his works inites ranging from gallery walls to postcards, CDs and videos.;The book is

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If you've ever contemplated the poetry in the title of an artwork, take a step back-and you'll find that Weiner's works appeal to you. With his medium of choice being "language + the materials ... Read full review

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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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