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Description - Lawrence Weiner by Alexander Alberro

This volume surveys the work of one of the canonical Conceptual artists of the 1960s, American artist Lawrence Weiner. He pioneered the radical proposition that the work of art could exist as a concept, without the need for physical materials which will decay and which transform art into consumer goods. As well as being art historically significant, making an enormous impact on subsequent generations, Weiner continues to occupy a powerful presence in the contemporary artworld through an ongoing series of exhibitions and public commissions. He composes texts which are evocative of process, materials, structure and history. Working within the specifics of a particular site he uses its architecture and geography as inspiration. He always uses Univers Condensed, a simple, utilitarian yet elegant typeface, adding a painterly quality with his choice of vivid colours or stark monochromes. Weiner is dedicated to the idea of access, distribution and the free circulation of art and ideas. To this end he has situated his works in sites ranging from gallery walls to postcards, CDs and videos. The book is part of a series of studies of important artists of the late-20th century. Each title offers a comprehensive survey of the artist's work, providing analyses and multiple perspectives on contemporary art and its inspiration.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714837550
ISBN-10: 0714837555
Format: Paperback
(290mm x 250mm x 18mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alexander Alberro

Alexander Alberro is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Florida. His writings have appeared in October, Artforum and Frieze magazines, as well as numerous catalogues. Alice Zimmerman is based in New York and Amsterdam, and is Weiner's official archivist and documenter. She was Research Editor on his compilations Show and Tell: The Films and Videos of LW (Imschoot, 1992) and Specific and General Works (Le Nouveau Musee, 1993). She is also creator of the Moved Pictures Archives, an extensive collection of artists' books and writings. Zimmerman has produced and performed in artists' films, videos and books since the 1960s. Benjamin H. D. Buchloh is an art historian and critic and a Professor of twentieth-century and post-war art history at Harvard University. An editor of October magazine and co-author of Art Since 1900 (2005), Buchloh has also published his collected essays in Neo-Avantgarde and Culture Industry (2000) and Formalism and Historicity (2004). David Batchelor is an artist, writer and lecturer at London's Royal College of Art. He has interviewed many artists who were part of the Minimalist and Conceptual art movements. Batchelor regularly contributes to Freize and Artforum magazines. He is a co-author of Realism, Rationalism, Surrealism: Art between the Wars (Yale, 1993) and his book Minimalism was published by the Tate Gallery in 1997.

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