Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Lawrence Weiner (American, b.1942) is a seminal contributor to the Conceptual Art movement of the 1960s. His first artworks involved interventions (subversive pieces outside the art world which alter an existing work or space) on canvases, objects, and the environment, such as Cratering piece (1961), in which he used explosives in four corners of an open field to create craters. In 1968, perhaps influenced by peers such as Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) and Ed Ruscha (American, b.1937), Weiner realized that he could make interventions through language, rather than relying on physical construction. His work then consisted of brief phrases, usually painted on walls—not necessarily by the artist himself—either in galleries or as environmental installations. He still considered his works “sculptures,” and the materials described in the works his “media.” His tried to redefine the nature of an artwork by making the viewer's interaction with the piece crucial to its existence and influential to its interpretation. Weiner also produced books, films, and videos. In later decades he began to incorporate punctuation and color into his work, and in recent years began a series of digital works. Weiner has shown at many museums and institutions, such as The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the Tate Gallery in London, and was the subject of a major retrospective at The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2007. He is the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, among others. Weiner lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1942
Born in New York
Lives and works in New York and Amsterdam

Exhibitions

2013
THE GRACE OF A GESTURE, PALAZZO BEMBO, Venice, Italy
2012–2013
Ends of the Earth. Land Art bis 1974, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
2012–2013
Poesie der Reduktion, MUMOK Wien, Vienna, Austria
2011–2012
Arte Povera International, Museo d'arte contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (group)
2011–2012
Spirits of Internationalism, MuHKA, Antwerp, The Netherlands (group)
2011–2012
Asche und Gold - Eine Weltreise, MARTa Herford, Germany (group)
2011–2012
Description Vidéo Vintage 1963-1983, Centre Pompidou, Paris (group)
2011–2012
Paradigm Shift. Serralves Collection 60’s-70’s, MUSAC, León, Spain
2011
A syntax of dependency, M KHA Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
2010–2011
Just love me, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean Luxemburg
2010–2011
Die Natur der Kunst, Kunstmuseum Winterthur
2010–2011
Exhibition, Exhibition, Castello die Rivoli, Turin
2010–2011
Taking Place, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2010–2011
Von Carl Andre bis Gregor Schneider. Dorothee und Konrad Fischer: Archiv einer Haltung, Museum Kurhaus Kleve
2010
Inclined enough to roll, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy
2009–2010
Die Kunst ist super!, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
2009–2010
1969, P.S.1 MoMA, NY
2009
Monuments with a horizon line II (Sean Dawson, Zaha Hadid, Markus Miessen & Bettina Pousttchi, Karen Mirza & Brad Butler, Sergio Prego, Joel Sternfeld, Jorinde Voigt, Lawrence Weiner, Clare Woods), Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2009
Sharjah Biennial 9 (with Zaha Hadid)
2009
After Twilight, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
2009
N‘importe quoi, MOCA, Lyon
2009
Wall Works (Giovanni Anselmo, Daniel Buren, Lawrence Carroll, Mario Merz, Felice Varini, Lawrence Weiner), Buchmann Lugano, Agra/ Lugano
2009
1968. Die große Unschuld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
2009
In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960 - 1976, MoMA, NY
2009
15 Years of Collecting - Against the Grain, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
2009
The other side of a cul-de-sac, The Power Plant, Toronto
2009
The first stop on the Super Highway, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-Si
2008–2009
As far as the eye can see, K21 Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2008–2009
Ich kann mir nicht jeden Tag ein Ohr abschneiden., Nationalgalerie Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
2008–2009
Made in Munich, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
2008
16th Biennale of Sydney, Australia
2008
Call it what you like!, Art Centre Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg, Denmark
2008
Ambition d´art, Institute d´art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
2008
No Leftovers, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (solo)
2008
Order. Desire. Light., Irish Museum Of Modern Art, Dublin, UK (solo)
2008
Shanghai Biennale
2008
MoCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (solo)
2008
A Room of One’s Own, Castello di Rivoli Museo d´Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli/Turin
2008
Die Hände der Kunst, MARTa Herford Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Herford
2008
Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today, MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2008
Genau und Anders. Mathematik in der Kunst von Dürer bis Sol LeWitt MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
2007
The Whitney Museum for American Art, New York
2007
Swiss Institute, New York
2007
The Whitney Museum for American Art, New York (solo)
2006
Lawrence Weiner X Y & Z, BAWAG Foundation, Vienna (solo)
2006
Nicht weit vom Stamm, Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf (solo)
2006
Ideal City - Invisible Cities, Öffentlicher Raum in Potsdam, Potsdam
2006
INTO ME/OUT OF ME, KW KunstWerke e.V., Berlin
2006
Monuments with a Horizont Line, Buchmann Berlin, Berlin
2006
Public Space /Two Audiences, MACBA, Museu d´Art Contemporani, Barcelona
2006
Location Shots, cur. by Raimar Stange, Galerie Erna Hecy, Brussel
2006
Black Panther Rank and File, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
2006
Mental Image, Wortwerke und TextKunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen
2006
Plane/Figure, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
2005
strip - Bilder in Folge, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover
2005
Biennale Valencia 2005, Biennale Valencia
2005
Lisson Gallery, London (solo)
2005
Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris (solo)
2005
Regen Projects, Los Angeles (solo)
2005
Le Génie du lieu (The Genius of the Place), Frac Bourgogne, Dijon
2005
E-FLUX VIDEO RENTAL, The Moore Space, Miami
2005
behind the facts Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
2004
A Short History of Dutch Video Art, Shanghai Duolun Museum
2004
MINIMAL ARTISTS AND CONCEPTUAL ARTISTS, Yvon Lambert, New York
2004
Invisible Beauty, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
2004
A Minimal Future?, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
2003
Singular Forms, Guggenheim Museum, New York
2003
A Short History of Dutch Video Art, Reina Sofía, Madrid
2003
Independence, South London Gallery, London
2003
Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen (solo)
2003
Lawrence Weiner´s Wexner Center project, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (solo)
200–2003
Buchmann Galerie, Cologne (solo)
2002
Buchmann Galerie, Cologne (solo)
2002
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (solo)
2002
The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham (solo)
2002
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York (solo)
2002
in one end, Gandy Gallery, Prague (solo)
2001
Galerie Ascan Crone, Andreas Osarek, Berlin (solo)
2000
Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (solo)
1998
Susan Inglett Gallery, New York (solo)
1998
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (solo)
1997
John Weber Gallery, New York (solo)

Literature

2008
Ambition d´art, Institute d´art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
2008
Order. Desire. Light., Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, UK (solo)
2008
16th Biennale of Sydney, Austria
2008
Call it what you like!, Art Centre Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg, Denmark
2008
No Leftovers, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (solo)
2002
Lawrence Weiner, Until it is Artist’s Book, Text by Carlos Basualdo, Wexner Center of the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA
2000
Lawrence Weiner, Out from Under, Artist’s Book, DVIR Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2000
Lawrence Weiner: Nach Alles / After All Artist’s Book, Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, Germany
1998
Lawrence Weiner, Interview H.D. Buchloh with Lawrence Weiner, Essays by Alexander Alberro and Alice Zimmermann, David Batchelor, Lawrence Weiner, London, UK