ARTIST ROOMS: Lawrence Weiner – London

Lawrence Weiner’s use of language as his primary medium has marked him out as one of the leading figures of conceptual art.

Art Exhibition previously on at Tate Modern in City of London, United Kingdom.
From Thursday 27 September 2012 to Saturday 31 January 2015

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Published by anonymous on Friday 24 October 2014.
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This display of work by Lawrence Weiner forms part of a collection of international contemporary art jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. It is known as ARTIST ROOMS and focuses on individual rooms devoted to particular artists.

Weiner’s work focuses on the interaction between the artwork and the ‘receiver’ – his term for the audience who encounters the work in some form and chooses to engage with it through thoughts or actions.

Weiner defines his medium as ‘language + the material referred to’, emphasising the flexibility of their presentation: these works have no particular physical form in themselves and only exist as language, with the potential to be displayed or otherwise transmitted. So far, Weiner’s statements have taken the form of text inscribed in gallery or public spaces, books and posters, cast or carved objects, spoken dialogue in audio and video works, song lyrics and even tattoos.

Installed on Levels 2, 3 and 4, this cycle of works from 1988 consists of ten statements, each suggesting a physical action or invoking the manipulation of an object or material. In fact, Weiner regards his statements as sculpture rather than poetry, explaining that ‘they show the relationship of object to object and that is the idea and purpose of a sculpture’.

Lawrence Weiner was born in 1942 in New York City, where he lives and works.