Remembering Lawrence Weiner, 1942–2021
We pay tribute to an artist whose expansive work demonstrated that art has no bounds.
Dec 7, 2021
Lawrence Weiner. A BIT OF MATTER AND A LITTLE BIT MORE. 1976. Installation view, The Museum of Modern Art, October 21, 2019–ongoing
Weiner had shown A BIT OF MATTER AND A LITTLE BIT MORE, in the year of its making, on the entrance door of PS1 when the art center opened in Long Island City. In all the intervening years—during which MoMA and PS1 became one institution—it remained on view. As a result, today the same work, installed by the artist in very different ways 43 years apart, welcomes visitors both in Queens and Manhattan.
Despite the apparent simplicity of his work, Lawrence made revolutionary contributions to the art of his time. Among them is the capacity for a piece to simultaneously exist in multiple locations, while each time completely changing form according to its context of presentation. For Weiner, art is not bound to a support—wall, piece of canvas, video, computer screen, or sheet of paper. It is not the materials but the “little bit more” that makes all the difference. And each time I install one of his works, it’s the image of the pages of Statements scattered in front of me that comes back to my mind. The panicked feeling is, thankfully, gone, but the excitement of experiencing a great work of art remains. Weiner taught me that art cannot be confined in even the most beautiful book. For this, I’ll always be grateful.
Lawrence Weiner. With a Warm Embrace (Come What May). 1995
Remembering Herman Daled, 1930–2020
Artists recall the late collector’s support and deep appreciation for “objects of knowledge.”
Lawrence Weiner, R. H. Quaytman, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Christophe Cherix
Jan 6, 2021
50 Years Later, a Conceptual Art Exhibition Still Courts Controversy
Lucy Lippard, Lawrence Weiner, Mel Bochner, Paola Antonelli, and the late Kynaston McShine reflect on Information, one of the most influential exhibitions of the 20th century.
Lawrence Weiner, Mel Bochner, Lucy Lippard, Paola Antonelli, Kynaston McShine, Hanna Girma
Jan 28, 2020