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Lawrence Weiner
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Artist: Lawrence Weiner
Edited by: Eine Publikation der Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin
Foreword: Rolf-E. Breuer, Thomas Krens
Contributions: Lisa Dennison/Nancy Spector
German, English
February 2001 , 92 Pages
255mm x 254mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1038-1
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Lawrence Weiner, the American pioneer of Conceptual Art, has extended the notion of sculpture: language is his medium; text his sculpture. According to Weiner, it is of no importance as to whether a work of art or an installation is actually realized; it is entirely up to the reader of a text whether and how he will visualize the work in his head. Since 1968, Weiner has been publishing his language works also in book form. The artist's book NACH ALLES/AFTER ALL is a work commissioned by the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin and features drawings, texts and plans for an installation consisting mainly of dual language inscriptions on exhibition walls. In it, Weiner explicitly refers to the naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt and his endeavour to describe and categorize the whole world. NACH ALLES/AFTER ALL is dedicated to the exploration of microcosm and macrocosm alike and owes much to the broad exploratory approach used by Humboldt. Beyond that, however, - emphasized by the conscious divergence of 'NACH ALLES' as opposed to 'allem' - Weiner also deals with the question of what might remain after all these materials have been accumulated.Lawrence Weiner (*1942 in the Bronx, New York) studied literature and philosophy at Hunter College in New York. After an intensive study of the traditional arts of painting and sculpture, he developed his own approach to art, using language, in the late 1960s. His work has been seen in countless solo shows and large, important international exhibitions. Recently, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; K21, Düsseldorf; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, produced a retrospective of his work titled AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE (2007/08). Weiner's work has been shown at the documenta 5 (1972), 6 (1977), and 7 (1982), and will also be seen in 2012 at the dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel. The artist lives in New York and Amsterdam.
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