Lawrence Weiner


Edited by Ann Goldstein and Donna De Salvo; Texts by Kathryn Chiong, Donna De Salvo, Liam Gillick, Ann Goldstein, Edward Leffingwell, Dieter Schwarz, Gregor Stemmrich, and Alice Zimmerman

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A comprehensive look at the remarkable 40-year career of a defining figure associated with conceptual art

Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942) is one of the primary figures associated with the emergence of conceptual art in the 1960s. For over four decades, Weiner has defined art as a representation of relationships in the physical world—“the relationship of human beings to objects and objects to objects in relation to human beings.” This highly anticipated publication represents the full range of Weiner’s practice, from the early 1960s to the present, from his early paintings to his work in language, including works on paper, films, videos, books, and public commissions. Weiner adopted language as his primary material in 1968. According to his landmark STATEMENT OF INTENT, an oft-quoted declaration first published in 1969, each work can be constructed by the artist, fabricated by someone else, or need not be built at all and simply presented in language. Weiner’s work is often manifested outside the gallery context—through postcards, billboards, lectures, or even on a series of cast-iron manhole covers for the city of New York.This substantial publication, produced in conjunction with the artist’s first major retrospective in the United States and in close collaboration with the artist, constitutes Weiner’s largest monograph to date and brings together five esteemed scholars along with Turner Prize finalist Liam Gillick to examine the artist’s impact on the art world today.

Ann Goldstein is senior curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Donna De Salvo is chief curator and associate director of programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Kathryn Chiong is an art history doctoral candidate at Columbia University. Liam Gillick is an artist based in London and New York. Edward Leffingwell is a New York–based curator and writer. Dieter Schwarz is director of the Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland. Gregor Stemmrich is professor of art history, School of Fine Art, Dresden.


Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (November 15, 2007 – February 10, 2008)

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (April 13 – July 14, 2008)

K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (September 20, 2008 – January 4, 2009)

"The insightful essays contributed to this volume by scholars, artists, and exhibition curators De Salvo and Goldstein, reveal Weiner's unique vision as they challenge our very perception of art, asking us to take a closer look at the world around us. Highly recommended."—Library Journal

AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers of 2007, Outstanding Design
ISBN: 9780300126952
Publication Date: December 28, 2007
Publishing Partner: Published in association with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Whitney Museum of American Art
412 pages, 10 3/4 x 10
125 b/w + 185 color illus.

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