ARTnews Pays Tribute to Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner, a godfather of the Conceptual art movement of the 1960s and ’70s, has died. With his sculptural installations composed with koan-like texts, Weiner experimented with the slippery nature of language and the ways that words connote meaning. Despite the seemingly academic underpinning of his art, Weiner’s works are also imbued with a rebellious spirit that has made them accessible to—and loved by—many. Critics saw in Weiner’s work all kinds of lofty ideas about language and its limitations, but Weiner was fairly plainspoken about his art. “The purpose of the academy is to have an answer and, at the least, a solution,” he said in the oral history. “But the purpose of art is to not have an answer, it’s to question.”   Access the full article by Alex Greenberg here