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 Lawrence Charles Weiner  (1942 - )

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: sculptor, abstract word imagery

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Conceptual Art, Lawrence Charles Weiner was born in Bronx, New York, 1942, and educated at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. He became known in the thriving New York art scene of the 1950s and 60s.

As a Conceptual Artist, Lawrence Weiner works with language, using words like stone, water, wood or glass, and meaning stone, water, wood or glass. "When he describes them as matt, wet or shining, he endows them with a concrete state that conveys a clear and unambiguous message to the recipient of the information, the viewer." The existence of the artwork depends upon the viewer, their role is to associate a symbolic content with the word sculptures. Interpretations vary according to each viewer's life experience, and in the context they are viewing the work.

The artist has stated:
"When dealing with language as a sculptural material one is contending with something wholly limitless. Language, because it is the most immaterial thing that we have ever developed in this world, has no discernible ending."

He has been featured in exhibitions throughout the world including recent solo exhibitions, Bent and Broken Shafts of Light at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg ,Germany (2000) and Nach Alles /After All at Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany (2000). Last November, Weiner created the last permanently commissioned work in New York of the 20th century titled "N.Y.C. Manhole Covers." It features Weiner's signature phrasing on 19 manhole covers across Manhattan.Weiner has also won numerous honors including two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1976 and 1983, as well as the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994.

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