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Lawrence Weiner: If in Fact There Is a Context (Documenta 13)

Hatje Cantz

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Softcover | 10.8 x 0.6 x 15.2 cm | 24 pp

Hatje Cantz | 2011 | 9783775728577

For this series, artist Lawrence Weiner has made an artist's book of new statements and instructions, in exactly the same format (A6) and with the same number of pages (24) as his first contribution to Documenta, in 1972.

"IF IN FACT THERE IS A CONTEXT..." begins Lawrence Weiner, rather skeptically, in his contribution to Hatje Cantz and Documenta's series, 100 Notes, 100 Thoughts. Weiner, a formative figure of the conceptual art movement, is known for his bold typographic works displayed as wall installations. His very literal phrases—for example the famous work "A 36" X 36" REMOVAL TO THE LATHING OR SUPPORT WALL OF PLASTER OR WALL-BOARD FROM A WALL"—lead the viewer to question whether the work of art is the object or action described or the text itself. Like Joseph Kosuth's 1965 "One and Three Chairs" piece, which features a chair, a photograph of the same chair and a copy of the dictionary definition of the word "chair," Weiner's work invites ambiguity in order to interrogate themes such as what an original work of art consists of and how meaning is made.

Ming Lin, Artbook blog, 7/24/2011

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