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A temporary tattoo of random letters in Lawrence Weiner’s iconic script; a Gilbert & George pin reading “Burn That Book”; a black and white t-shirt by Rirkrit Tiravanija—these were all in my brown paper bag as I walked down 5th Avenue. No, I was not leaving a private auction, nor am I a millionaire collector. All of these artworks, and many more by some of the world’s most prominent contemporary artists, are available at the Jewish Museum right now—for free—in . The exhibition, in which... [more]
The New York Times "A Kinship With Westbeth"  
Christopher Morris, Richard Mosse, Martha Rosler, Nichole Sobecki, Claudia Vargas, Lawrence Weiner at Westbeth Gallery March 1st, 2014 - March 16th, 2014
Posted 1/19/14 A Kinship With Westbeth JAN. 17, 2014   Gwynne Duncan with her husband, Alec Stephen, and their seven-year-old daughter, Mimi, in the living room that doubles as Ms. Duncan’s painting studio. Sasha Maslov for The New York Times What I Love By DAN SHAW Decades before the elevated train tracks on the Lower West Side of Manhattan were transformed into a global tourist attraction called... [more]
The New York Times "A Kinship With Westbeth"  
Christopher Morris, Richard Mosse, Martha Rosler, Nichole Sobecki, Claudia Vargas, Lawrence Weiner at Westbeth Gallery March 1st, 2014 - March 16th, 2014
Posted 1/19/14 A Kinship With Westbeth JAN. 17, 2014   Gwynne Duncan with her husband, Alec Stephen, and their seven-year-old daughter, Mimi, in the living room that doubles as Ms. Duncan’s painting studio. Sasha Maslov for The New York Times What I Love By DAN SHAW Decades before the elevated train tracks on the Lower West Side of Manhattan were transformed into a global tourist attraction called... [more]
Germane Mission   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Adel Abidin, Nevin Aladağ, Halil Altindere, Fikret Atay, Maja Bajevic, Rosa Barba, Andrea Faciu & Florin Bobu, Claus Böhmler, Candice Breitz, Jae Eun Choi, Sunah Choi, Braco Dimitrijevic, Maria Eichhorn, Ayşe Erkmen, Johanna Adebäck & Merve Ertufan, Asta Gröting, Mona Hatoum, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Christian Jankowski, Annika Kahrs, Gulsun Karamustafa, Ali Kazma, Kimsooja, Jarosław Kozłowski, Alicja Kwade, Jonas Mekas, Olaf Metzel, Bjørn Nørgaard, Ahmet Ögüt, Sener Özmen, Dan Perjovschi, Sonja Rentsch, Mario Rizzi, Michael Sailstorfer, Anri Sala, Sarkis, Superflex, Cengiz Tekin, Hale Tenger, Rasa Todosijevic, Endre Tót, Thu Van Tran, Rosemarie Trockel, Nasan Tur, Lawrence Weiner, Maaria Wirkkala at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein September 8th, 2013 - November 3rd, 2013
Posted 10/3/13
An unanswered question a day keeps the doctor away or something on those terms. The apple, if you will, of art seems to be the never-ending meditations on its existence, value, and purpose in the form of the unanswered question: What is art? Curator René Block hits us up with this query once again with , a cooperative exhibition between TANAS and n.b.k. in Berlin. The exhibition serves as a farewell gesture to TANAS, a non-commercial project space, as it closes its doors after its five years... [more]
Artificial Amsterdam?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Lara Almarcegui, Linda Bannink, James Beckett, Egle Budvytyte, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Hans Op de Beeck, Carlos Garaicoa, Kendell Geers, Bart Groenendaal, Bert Haanstra, Inti Hernandez, Roderick Hietbrink, Thomas Hirschhorn, Philipp Kremer, Glenda Leon, Cristina Lucas, Arnoldus Montanus, Tatsu Nishi, Jan Rothuizen, Mounira Al Solh, Kuang-Yu Tsui, Ed van der Elsken, Barbara Visser, Lawrence Weiner at De Appel June 29th, 2013 - October 13th, 2013
Posted 7/13/13
The city as an artwork. That's quite a broad premise for a group show, even more so considering the increasingly heterogeneous ways in which contemporary artists dabble with public space these days. Visiting the exhibition currently hosted at De Appel, though, I didn't find so much of the mapping, downscale modeling, installation-erecting that so much abounds when it comes to tackling the urban within the gallery space. The zoom is rarely on the “bigger picture”, and maps are quietly... [more]
Double Tornado   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jene Highstein, Lawrence Weiner at Bowery Poetry Club January 11th, 2012 - February 29th, 2012
Posted 1/30/12
“Catch as Catch Can” is a mustard-yellow print as big as a billboard currently pasted on to the Elizabeth Murray Art Wall. In black block capitals that titular phrase occupies the print’s central space in a stencil font. Beneath it arcs a black band that loops once over itself, while whips of line that take the shape of sketchy tornado drawings bookend the phrase on both sides. When the exhibition ends the print will be torn down. This piece was produced collaboratively between Lawrence Weiner... [more]
Art and Language   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Birgir Andrésson, Unnar Örn Audarson, Karlotta Blöndal, Margrét Blöndal, Knut Eckstein, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Kristján Gudmundsson, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Jóna Hlíf Halldórsdóttir, Jón Laxdal Halldórsson, Hlynur Hallsson, Roni Horn, Gudny Rósa Ingimarsdóttir, Haraldur Jónsson, Libia Castro / Ólafur Ólafsson, Dieter Roth, Karin Sander, Lawrence Weiner at KUCKEI + KUCKEI October 15th, 2011 - December 17th, 2011
Posted 12/12/11
TEXT at Kuckei + Kuckei, curated by Hlynur Hallsson, features nineteen artists, most of Icelandic background. And while Iceland’s heritage of literature dating back to the medieval epics such as the Edda and the Sagas is Hallsson’s starting point, the show embraces a broad array of approaches to mingling the visual with the linguistic. I love the work of Lawrence Weiner, the de facto king of text art, but a lot of times I have no idea what the hell he is talking about. As you enter the... [more]
Taking Place   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Karel Appel, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Buren, Willem de Rooij, Jan Dibbets, Rineke Dijkstra, Ger Van Elk, Morgan Fisher, Hans Haacke, On Kawara, Martin Kippenberger, Barbara Kruger, Germaine Kruip, Louise Lawler, William Leavitt, Navid Nuur, Roman Ondák, Diana Thater, Mario Garcia Torres, Lawrence Weiner at Stedelijk Museum August 28th, 2010 - January 9th, 2011
Posted 11/1/10
          Taking Place reintroduces the Stedelijk Museum by addressing its history, the spatial and temporal conditions of the unfinished building and the ways in which artists use, occupy and animate museum spaces. The historical, functional and architectural conditions of the museum are both subject and material for this special presentation of works by local, national and international contemporary artists, who range from well-known and established figures to... [more]
Nothing is Forever   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Fiona Banner, Robert Barry, Ernst Caramelle, Brian Chalkley, Sam Dargan, Dustin Ericksen, Craig Fisher, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Penny McCarthy, Paul Morrison, Henna Nadeem, Dan Perjovschi, David Shrigley, Gary Simmonds, Milly Thompson, Mark Titchner, Lily van der Stokker, Lawrence Weiner, Gary Woodley at South London Gallery June 25th, 2010 - September 19th, 2010
Posted 8/30/10
        The difficult question of what should be the inaugural exhibition of the newly extended South London Gallery is cleverly resolved in Nothing is Forever. It is all about the building. The garden. The café. The flat for artists residencies. All have been treated to artistic intervention of the oldest kind, bringing together wall paintings, drawings and text pieces by 20 British and international artists. The original gallery floor was designed by Walter Crane in the 19 century and... [more]
A World of Wonder   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Edgar Arceneaux, AA Bronson, Adam Chodzko, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Tue Greenfort, Peter Hobbs, Jill Magid, Teresa Margolles, Anthony McCall, Nils Norman, Susan Philipsz, Jesse Smith, Patti Smith, Tercerunquinto, Guido van der Werve, Tris Vonna-Michell, Klaus Weber, Lawrence Weiner, Judi Werthein, Krzysztof Wodiczko at Governors Island June 27th, 2009 - August 30th, 2009
Posted 7/26/09
This summer, the New York City-based public arts organization Creative Time launched its quadrennial project Plot/09: This World and Nearer Ones at Governors Island. As if visiting a beautiful and relaxing oasis nestled in the Upper New York Bay is not cool enough, Creative Time makes it all the more great by installing nineteen artworks by prominent international artists inside and around the island’s ex-military facilities, some dating back to the early 1800s. Though the... [more]
“Placed on a point not quite at the point.”   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Lawrence Weiner at Regen Projects (Hollywood) July 11th, 2009 - August 15th, 2009
Posted 7/21/09
Lawrence Weiner’s spatial poetry finds itself in the strangest places: from the white cube art gallery, to manhole covers and tattoos. The site and medium are immaterial, what matters are the words.  Language for Weiner fits into a landscape and may actually be landscape. His words never sit quietly, wherever they placed. One doesn’t, for instance, expect to see a quote from the philosopher Gottlob Frege splayed across the wall at MOCA (as it was at his recent retrospective there) or the words... [more]
From Here to Eternity   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Paweł Althamer, Olivier Babin, Johanna Billing, Maurizio Cattelan, Tacita Dean, Pierre Huyghe, William Kentridge, Lars Laumann, Gabriel Orozco, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Struth, Guido van der Werve, Lawrence Weiner, Artur Zmijewski at Marian Goodman Gallery July 1st, 2009 - August 28th, 2009
Posted 7/20/09
Taking its title from a Lawrence Weiner work, comprises works that contemplate impermanence and mortality, often from a personalized, humanist point of view. There is nothing fussy or overly sophisticated about this one. It talks the talk and walks the walk.  The show opens with Maurizio Cattelan's simple photograph of a pen that has just run out of ink, then proceeds to two poetic films  by William Kentridge and Guido Van der Werve, respectively. The latter's Nummer Acht... [more]
Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Guillaume Abdi, Nelson Aires, Grégoire Bergeret, Guillaume Constantin, Ai Kitahara, Aurélien Mole, Linda Sanchez, Lawrence Weiner at Galerie Bertrand Grimont June 24th, 2009 - August 1st, 2009
Posted 7/16/09
Sur une initiative du label hypothèse, « nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble » est une exposition athématique qui regroupe des artistes de différentes générations dont les formes de production interrogent la notion d'auteur et les différents modes d'existence de l'oeuvre d'art. Organisé en plusieurs temps et lieux, ce projet pointe certains champs d'action du commissaire d'exposition et les phénomènes de « post-production » (décisions... [more]
We do not grow old together   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Guillaume Abdi, Cédric Alby, Guillaume Constantin, Lina Jabbour, Isabelle Lartault, Julien Mijangos, Nicolas Milhé, Pierre Paulin, Claude Rutault, Michel Verjux, Lawrence Weiner at Galerie Odile Ouizeman June 20th, 2009 - July 25th, 2009
Posted 7/16/09
On the initiative of the label * hypothesis, "we do not grow old together" is an exhibition athematic which brings together artists from different generations whose forms of production question the notion of authorship and the different modes of existence of the artwork. Organized into several times and places, this peak fields of action of the Commissioner exposure and the phenomena of "post-production" (scenographic decisions,... [more]
Word Problems   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Lucas Blalock, Mira Dancy, Zipora Fried, Charles Gaines, Jen Hofer, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Marci MacGuffie, Eliza Newman-Saul, Mariah Robertson, Xaviera Simmons, Lawrence Weiner at Eighth Veil June 27th, 2009 - August 1st, 2009
Posted 7/6/09
At its modern inception, the relationship between text and art is wrapped up in revolutionary politics (Futurists and Surrealist manifestoes regularly hurling their defiance at the stars) and literarature (Breton, Tzara, Stein, all breaking, bending, and finding writing to respond or sometimes help invent trends in visual art). Language breaks down and become the shattered Dada collage of nonsense and concrete poetry or the visual collapses into the manifesto, saying and doing often what... [more]
Art I Wouldn't Want to Part With   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Barbara Bloom, Sophie Calle, Trisha Donnelly, Sam Durant, Maria Eichhorn, Sylvie Fleury, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Dan Graham, Renée Green, Fabrice Gygi, Jamie Isenstein, Mike Kelley, Louise Lawler, Leigh Ledare, Sam Lewitt, ivan matos, Allan McCollum, Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock, Walter Robinson, Aura Rosenberg, Jim Shaw, Greg Parma Smith, John Waters, Lawrence Weiner at Swiss Institute February 13th, 2009 - April 4th, 2009
Posted 2/15/09
For REGIFT New York artist and Swiss Institute Director John Miller chose the works and commissioned a total of 25 artists. The artists handle the subject of gift exchange in its many arrays including appropriation, value, potlatch (recirculation) and reciprocity. It is a very intriguing art show, with many multi- layered background stories. As objects, many of the artworks summon the surreal, existing as darling momentos generously on view for the public.Jamie Isenstein has bestowed props... [more]
Artist Books   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Francis Alÿs, Giovanni Anselmo, Lars Arrhenius, Darren Bader, John Baldessari, Lothar Baumgarten, IAIN BAXTER&, Thomas Bayrle, Larry Bell, Dara Birnbaum, Marcel Broodthaers, Fernando Bryce, Luca Buvoli, John Cage, Sophie Calle, Merlin Carpenter, Matthew Chambers, Shaoxiong Chen, Larry Clark, Sean Dack, Hanne Darboven, Tacita Dean, Mark Dion, Marcel Dzama, Yara El-Sherbini, Olafur Eliasson, Brian Eno, Neil Farber, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Robbert Flick, Tom Friedman, Liam Gillick, Pamela Golden, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham, Ann Hamilton, Robert Heinecken, Arno Hintjens, Patrick Hoet, Dennis Hollingsworth, Rebecca Horn, David Horvitz, Adam Janes, Brian Kennon, Robbie Kinberg, Edwin Klein, Alison Knowles, Jutta Koether, Harmony Korine, Barbara Kruger, Brendan Lott, Nick Lowe, Euan Macdonald, Christian Marclay, Paul McCarthy, Matthew Monahan, Robert Morris, Matt Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Jorge Pardo, A. R. Penck, Asher Penn, Raymond Pettibon, Tom Phillips, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Michael S. Riedel, Pipilotti Rist, Dieter Roth, Francesc Ruiz, Raul Ruiz, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Peter Schmidt, Lara Schnitger, Jim Shaw, David Shrigley, Jorge Simes, Michael Snow, Haim Steinbach, Telfer Stokes, Calvin Sumsion, Paul Thek, Wolfgang Tillmans, Richard Tuttle, Jan Voss, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, David Weiss, Fischli & Weiss, Benjamin Weissman, Pae White, Christopher Williams, Bobbi Woods, Christopher Wool at MOCA Pacific Design Center October 19th, 2008 - March 1st, 2009
Posted 1/5/09
  MOCA at the Pacific Design Center currently has an exhibition of artist books.  Unfortunately the books are under glass vitrines, but you CAN watch the pages turn through MOCA's website at: - a virtual read. The exhibition features books by Sigmar Polke, Keith Haring, Olafur Eliasson, Michael Snow, Ray Johnson, Andy Warhol, Hans-Peter Feldman, Paul McCarthy/Jason Rhoades and more.   This exhibition does point out the issue with showing artist... [more]
Dealing with the Reality of Things   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Lawrence Weiner at K21 Ständehaus September 27th, 2008 - January 11th, 2009
Posted 12/18/08
In a sketch in this 40 year retrospective exhibition of the American conceptual artworks of Lawrence Weiner at the K21 Kunstsammlung in Düsseldorf, ”, a headless cartoon woman asks: “How do you deal with the reality of things? When things themselves are the reality?” And the answer comes in a bubble attached to another headless woman in the same image: “Just change the the to A A.”  This question, and the woman’s apparently logical response, captures the tenor and significance of Lawrence... [more]
re:FORM event a success!  
Donald Baechler, Ross Bleckner, Louise Lawler, Fred Tomaselli, Lawrence Weiner at Cheim & Read September 3rd, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 9/8/08
NEW YORK-The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) raised more than $100,000 during , an art auction and cocktail party benefit at Cheim & Read gallery in New York last week.   "Many, many thanks go out to our honorees, everyone who attended, and especially our event co-chair, George Soros,  We want to express our gratitude to those who placed bids and bought art, and, of course, special thanks to the artists who donated their work," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy... [more]
Slow Glass at Lisa Cooley   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Emma Kay, Katrina Moorhead, Heather Rowe, Mario Garcia Torres, Lawrence Weiner at Lisa Cooley June 29th, 2008 - August 3rd, 2008
Posted 7/28/08
“You’ll never get it if you don’t slow down, my friend.” This sly warning, from Mario Garcia Torres’ (2006), is one viewers of Slow Glass, a group exhibition at Lisa Cooley, would do well to heed; though containing only a handful of works, this is a show to spend time with.Heather Rowe’s The Space Above the Ceiling (2008) serves as a meandering guide down the length of the slender gallery. Hanging overhead, its elegant execution causes it to rise like a balloon even as its negative... [more]
Lawrence Weiner   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Lawrence Weiner at MOCA Geffen Contemporary April 13th, 2008 - July 14th, 2008
Posted 6/29/08
For his first American retrospective, the New York and Amsterdam based artist Lawrence Weiner approached the Geffen Contemporary as a “fairground,” and produced with curators Ann Goldstein and Donna De Salvo an exhibition that mines Conceptual Art’s relationship to theatricality. This exhibition, it seems, could be at home nowhere else but here; not since Richard Serra’s Torqued Ellipses planted themselves on the Geffen’s floor has this space felt so right for contemporary art and its content... [more]
A Look at Lawrence Weiner   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Lawrence Weiner at Whitney Museum of American Art November 15th, 2007 - February 10th, 2008
Posted 11/21/07
Back in the sixties, when the artistic value of an art object began to lose weight against the artistic value of an art idea, Lawrence Weiner was there throwing his shoulder behind the idea makers. The fundamental difference at stake is that an art idea doesn’t have to be made to be appreciated, or it can be made, depending on the feeling of the artist and curator when they execute the exhibition. What this retrospective exhibition (his first in the United States) offers is a broad sampling... [more]