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Lawrence Weiner (American, b.1940)
LOT ID: 79853
Milk in Water Exists (unique collage and signed DVD), 2008

Collage, black ink, handpainted with silver ink, playing card, collaged on yellow card stock, laminated in clear plastic; DVD in custom jacket
10 х 7.5 in. (25.4 x 19.05 cm.)
Signed, dated and numbered 'X/X' on recto of collage. Signed and numbered 'X/X' on inside of DVD case.
Lot description
This collage is one from a series of ten unique collage works, signed, dated and numbered by the artist. The DVD offered with the unique collage was one of only 10 DVDs that are signed and numbered by the artist, Lawrence Weiner.

Weiner worked with cinematographer Kiki Allgeier to create his "skin flick," "Water in Milk Exists." According to the film's producer, the Swiss Institute, "The film contains quotations from the artist’s children books, austere dialogues on string theory, animations, as well as a lot of carnal action."

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 early works 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.

Selected Public Collections:
Whitney Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)
Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Milk in Water Exists (unique collage and signed DVD) by Lawrence Weiner
  • Milk in Water Exists (unique collage and signed DVD) by Lawrence Weiner
  • Milk in Water Exists (unique collage and signed DVD) by Lawrence Weiner
  • Milk in Water Exists (unique collage and signed DVD) by Lawrence Weiner
  • Milk in Water Exists (unique collage and signed DVD) by Lawrence Weiner
  • Milk in Water Exists (unique collage and signed DVD) by Lawrence Weiner
  • Milk in Water Exists (unique collage and signed DVD) by Lawrence Weiner
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