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Lawrence Weiner

HERE THERE & EVERYWHERE

1989

Artist

Lawrence Weiner (1942-)

Title

HERE THERE & EVERYWHERE

Date

1989

Medium

Language + the materials referred to

Dimensions

Dimensions variable

Credit line

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

Accession number

94.136

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.”

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