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Lawrence Weiner

HERE THERE & EVERYWHERE
1989

Not on view

Date
1989

Classification
Installations

Medium
Language + the materials referred to

Dimensions
Dimensions variable

Accession number
94.136

Credit line
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Committee

Rights and reproductions
©Lawrence Weiner/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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.”     




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