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Exhibition Detail
As Far as the Eye Can See
Ständehausstraße 1
40217 Düsseldorf
Germany


September 27th, 2008 - January 11th, 2009
 
Exhibition view   in K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen   (detail), Lawrence WeinerLawrence Weiner,
Exhibition view in K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (detail)

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The exhibition LAWRENCE WEINER: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE is
a retrospective on the oeuvre of one of the cofounders of
so-called Conceptual Art. There has not been a comparative
show of this radical, complex, epoch-making and influential
work since 1988. The exhibition has already been held at the
Whitney Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary
Art in Los Angeles. The only European presentation will now
take place at K21.

The works on display range from the paintings produced in
the 1960’s to the innovative language-based works which have
made the artist internationally known over the past forty
years. With sculpture as a point of departure, he realised
early on that it made no difference to him whether a work
was produced by the artist, by someone else, or whether it
was not carried out at all and only existed as a verbal ex-
pression.

For Lawrence Weiner art is about “relationships between hu-
man beings and objects, and between objects and other ob-
jects in relation to human beings”. This concept which is
based on materials and their interconnection explains why he
also refers to his language-based works as sculptures. These
works deal with an endless variety of physical and cultural
phenomena. Figures of speech, punctuation and graphic ele-
ments are used in order to break down conventional hierar-
chies and boundaries. These works address both simple and
complex issues, and are both theoretically and poetically
challenging. Initially Weiner favoured a particularly mat-
ter-of-fact typography for his works. However, since the
eighties he has developed an increasingly wide spectrum of
printing styles and graphic elements.

Weiner’s works are often created for specific places, al-
though they are generally transferable to other situations.
It is important to him that they should adapt to the culture
in question. For example, as a rule, they are not only shown
in English but also in the language of the country.


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