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Lawrence Weiner


TIT AS TAT

In his first ever “letter press” book — a kind of antiquarian printing technique concept art initially abhorred — Weiner plays with the auratic printing form by scrubbing right around the embossed edges, where color should go, and what printing, coloring and writing are all about. Checking out the meaning of both “tit” and “tat,” etymologically, one discovers that “tip” and “tit” are interchangeable, and that “tit for tat,” or “revenge” so to speak, is really about giving back the same of something. Are words the same and can any one thing be the same as another? Is a “tit” ever really a “tat”? In Weiner’s book, both here and metaphorically, language is so powerful that it is downright visceral. In fact, he calls his wall works “sculptures,” no matter how razor thin they may be.

2013
Paris
19.5 x 29 x 2 cm
48 p.
Cardboard and kraft paper slipcase.
Each book is signed and numbered by the artist

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SUOMI FINLAND PASSI PASS PASSPORT – DELUXE EDITION

The passport as design and art object is a beloved prop in the annals of contemporary art. Composed of texts and abstract visual elements, SUOMI FINLAND PASSI PORT PASSPORT is a self-portrait of Weiner’s logic in the form of an artwork. Verbal and visual cues swim in equilibrium, with text and image becoming one and the same. This elementary conflation is evidenced in almost child-like renderings in mostly primary colors executed in marker pens. But the topic, the relation of word and image, is the great stuff of aesthetic speculation since the time of the Greeks. Or in Latin, of ut pictura poeisis: the relation of poetry to picture. In a meandering dialogue about salt water, mermaids and mermen, moons and suns, and love that might or might not emerge from the mist, Weiner writes words and pictures in very contemporary, and almost personal terms.The outset of the project is a trip to Jamaica, as evidenced by collage elements that ironize the origins of Conceptual Art. It ends with the label from one of Weiner’s cigars. Will love emerge from the waves? Something “sticking out,” bottles, and other portents of desire, weave together in clauses, bars and abstract forms harking back to the language of Cobra.What does it mean? Often, Weiner’s poetry is disarmingly simple. In this example, the cover of his work for Three Star Books might be a clue. It is a leather passport cover. Riffing on an installation by artist Alfredo Jaar, One Million Finnish Passports, in which a million blank passports were piled up to speak about illegal immigration and displacement, Weiner used the device of his friend and colleague (in the time-honored friendly theft that is the nature of artistic inspiration), to turn one such passport into a booklet of musings and a metaphoric passport of his own.This then, is the identity of the artist, his carte de visite, his certificate of existence. Weiner’s work, his musings, his hopes and desires, rolled into a plaintive song about waves, and water, love, and a floating sense of longing.

2011
Paris
10 x 13.5 cm
36 p.
hand-illustrated and stamped with leather cover
Edition of 50 copies numbered and signed


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SUOMI FINLAND PASSI PASS PASSPORT

The artist wishes to thank Alfredo Jaar for the use of one blank Finnish passport.

Suomi Finland Passi Port Passport is a meandering dialogue about salt water, mermaids and mermen, moons and suns, and love that might or might not emerge from the mist, Weiner writes words and pictures in very contemporary, and almost personal terms. The outset of the project is a trip to Jamaica, as evidenced by collage elements that ironize the origins of Conceptual Art. It ends with the label from one of Weiner’s cigars. Will love emerge from the waves? Something “sticking out,” bottles, and other portents of desire, weave together in clauses, bars and abstract forms harking back to the language of Cobra. Often, Weiner’s poetry is disarmingly simple. In this example, the cover of his work for Three Star Books might be a clue. It is a leather passport cover. Riffing on an installation by artist Alfredo Jaar, One Million Finnish Passports, in which a million blank passports were piled up to speak about illegal immigration and displacement, Weiner used the device of his friend and colleague (in the time-honored friendly theft that is the nature of artistic inspiration), to turn one such passport into a booklet of musings and a metaphoric passport of his own. This then, is the identity of the artist, his carte de visite, his certificate of existence. Weiner’s work, his musings, his hopes and desires, rolled into a plaintive song about waves, and water, love, and a floating sense of longing.

2011
Paris
10 x 13.5 cm
36 p.
Agrafé
Edition of 450 copies

60 €

Having been said. Writings & interviews of Lawrence Weiner 1968-2003

Gregor Stemmrich nous livre une biographie complexe de Lawrence Weiner à travers les divers supports utilises par l’artiste: livres, posters, videos, cd, dessins et installations.

2005
Ostfildern
24,1 x 17,2 cm
485 p.
Broché

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Nach alles / After all

Publié à l’occasion de l’exposition de Lawrence Weiner « Nach Alles/After all » au Musée Guggenheim de Berlin.
Texte en anglais et allemand.

2000
Berlin
25,5 x 25,5 cm
65 p.
Reliure toile orange imprimée

55 €

À fripon fripon et demi

Texte de Jean-Claude Lebensztejn « Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs »

1997
Paris
23,5 x 32 cm
42 p.
Agrafé

100 €

From point to point
1995
St Gallen
25 x 25 cm
65 p.
Reliure toile grise imprimée

30 €