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Lawrence Weiner: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE
     

Lawrence Weiner: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE

by Donna De Salvo (Editor), Ann Goldstein (Editor), Liam Gillick (Contribution by), Edward Leffingwell (Contribution by), Dieter Schwarz (Contribution by)
 

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

If you've ever contemplated the poetry in the title of an artwork, take a step back-and you'll find that Weiner's works appeal to you. With his medium of choice being "language + the materials referred to," Weiner's art takes the form of words on gallery walls, customized cast-iron manhole covers, storyboards, and descriptions of works yet created (many times never created). This catalog, produced in collaboration with the artist and copublished by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, accompanies the first major retrospective of this primary figure in the conceptual arts movement, cataloging his work from 1960 to 2007. After examining the 250 superbly reproduced full-page photographs-with titles and descriptions subtly printed in the gutter-one might compare this artist to Marcel Duchamp, Sol LeWitt, Christo, or Barbara Kruger. Yet 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.
—David L. Reynolds

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300126952
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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