Lawrence Weiner

HERE THERE & EVERYWHERE
1989

On view
Floor 6

Artist
Lawrence Weiner

Title
HERE THERE & EVERYWHERE

Date
1989

Medium
Language + the materials referred to

Dimensions
Dimensions variable

Classification
Installations

Credit line
Purchase, with funds from the Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Committee

Accession number
94.136

Rights and reproductions information
© artist or artist’s estate

Object label
Lawrence Weiner was among the first generation of Conceptual artists who prioritized ideas over visual images and forms, and treated language as a material. Indeed, Weiner refers to his works as sculptures composed of “language and the materials referred to.” Here There & Everywhere consists of eight lines of text, comprising a chorus and refrain of four directionally related statements. The open-endedness of Weiner’s text is echoed by the guidelines for its installation, which allow the work’s form to be determined by the curator and the specificity of the architectural space: the text can be installed either on four separate walls or together on a single vertical surface. Art is like language, Weiner reminds us, and is not fixed in its significance, but subject to change according to “various manners with various things.”