Biography of Lawrence Weiner
Lawrence Weiner's (born 1942 in New York, USA) half-century career has ranged from Informel and Abstract Expressionism, to the adoption of machine-made or industrially produced art, to positing ideas as the central tenet of art, even at the expense of form. Throughout his multifaceted career Weiner has steadfastly adhered to a language-based practice, creating his first artist's book, Statements, a 64-page offset publication, in 1968.
Joining artists such as Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, and Robert Barry, Lawrence Weiner became one of the flag-bearers of orthodox Conceptualism, positioning flares in the rough shape of paintings, treating publications as exhibitions and making work, which occupied liminal space, rather than any physical realm. Nonetheless, Weiner often referred to all his works as "sculptures", and was one of the few artists to avoid systematically using the certificate or other hobbyhorses of Conceptualism.
Perhaps his best-known work includes the 1968 Declaration of Intent:
1. The artist may construct the piece.
2. The piece may be fabricated.
3. The piece need not be built.
Each being equal and consistent with the intent of the artist, the decision as to condition rests with the receiver upon the occasion of receivership.