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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  

Lawrence Weiner, a Tribute by The Art Newspaper

Weiner rose to prominence in the late 1960s when conceptual art was gaining traction in the US. He was part of a generation of artists questioning conventional modes of making and displaying art. At the time Weiner was creating grid-based drawings, shaped canvases and ephemeral interventions that sought to delineate public spaces.

The artist’s trademark interventions, often consisting of graphic elements and enigmatic phrases, are among the most distinctive bodies of work in contemporary art.

Read the full article by Benjamin Sutton here

Lawrence Weiner is participating in ‘5-7-5’ a Haiku Poetry Project on the Marquee of the Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A.

Twelve poets, songwriters, and text-based artists will contribute a short text, loosely based upon the rules of the poetic form of Haiku, “that expresses their thoughts and ideas on our tumultuous times,” according to the announcement. In case anyone doesn’t remember from elementary school, Haiku is a Japanese poetic form made up of three lines, the first consisting of 5 syllables, the second 7 syllables, and the third 5 syllables. Lawrence Weiner: October 28th – November 4th, 2020