TRACCE / TRACES
August 16–25, 2020
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome
Lawrence Weiner’s TRACCE / TRACES eschews conventional space and instead exhorts viewers to look skyward at a series of aerial banners along the Italian coast, from Ladispoli to Anzio. The exhibition recalls the 1970 book of the same title edited by Germano Celant for Galleria Sperone. That volume focused on translation; this project, envisioned by Weiner shortly after Celant’s death, is a tribute to the late Italian curator. Each of the ten banners, which change daily, displays a single word corresponding to the past participle of a verb that suggests an action that could have happened in the past, or that might occur in the future. Isolated and removed from any syntactic context, the words lend themselves to open interpretation.
Lawrence Weiner’s aerial banner Spaccato — Split (2020) in flight along the Italian coast. Artwork © Lawrence Weiner. Photo: Claudia de Nicolò
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Gagosian Quarterly Summer 2021
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Work in Progress
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