A pioneering Conceptual artist of the 1960s, Lawrence Weiner was among the first to dematerialize the object of art into pure language. His elegant yet utilitarian typefaces and striking monochromes—stenciled, painted, inscribed, or otherwise applied to walls and surfaces—inescapably alter their given context. Dedicated to the circulation of ideas and meaning, he composes sculptural propositions as texts that describe process, material, and relations. By translating his studio work into words, Weiner communicates the content of each work without specifying any of its physical qualities, thus rendering the work objective, accessible, and useful for a diverse audience.
Lawrence Weiner was born in 1942 in the Bronx, New York. Weiner has executed large-scale public commissions in cities including Vancouver, Vienna, Eindhoven, and New York. Recent major exhibitions include “Nach Alles/After All,” Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2000); “Bent and Broken Shafts of Light,” Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2000); “Covered by Clouds,” Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2004); “Lawrence Weiner: Films & Videos,” Tate Gallery, London (2006); “As Far As The Eye Can See,” Whitney Museum of Art, New York (2007, traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles); K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2009); “Lawrence Weiner: Written on the Wind,” Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2013); “Within a Realm of Distance,” Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire (2015); and “WHEREWITHAL,” Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2016).
Weiner currently lives and works in New York and Amsterdam.
Douglas Gordon | Lawrence Weiner
April 5–May 20, 2017
Extended through September 17, 2016
A group exhibition of text-based works
June 1–September 17, 2016
Works from 1929 to 2015
June 11–August 1, 2015
Britannia Street, London
Made in Italy
May 27–July 29, 2011
Quid Pro Quo
November 21, 2008–January 17, 2009
An Exhibition in Honor of His Gallery and Artists
January 27–March 2, 1996
Fairs, Events & Announcements
2017 Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala Auction
Live auction: July 26
Online preview: July 27–August 9
Online bidding: August 10–23
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to protecting the world’s last wild places. Since 2008 it has supported over 200 environmental projects across all five oceans and in over fifty countries. This auction helps make it possible for the Foundation to continue supporting pioneering individuals and organizations on the front lines of environmental conservation and climate advocacy, and will feature donated artworks by Urs Fischer, Frank Gehry, Damien Hirst, Thomas Houseago, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Rudolf Stingel, Lawrence Weiner, and Jonas Wood.
Thomas Houseago, Rainbow I (Psychedelic), 2017