Welcome to Agenda Spesial: Lawrence Weiner in conversation with Anne Hilde Neset. The conversation will take Weiner's many iconic urban and public installations as a starting point to discuss issues such as language, materials, and conceptual art and look back on the artist's work and career. Widely celebrated for his pioneering role in the development of conceptualism in the 1960s, Weiner continues to be internationally recognized as one of the foremost artists working in America today.
The event is free of charge and part of our program under Oslo Cultural Night 2019.
To make art that doesn't require doing or looking like something that came before.
Weiner sees himself as a sculptor rather than a conceptualist. He defines his sculptural medium simply as ‘language + the material referred to’, holding that a construction in language can function as a sculpture. Further, that a work’s existence requires a readership rather than a physical presence. The public realm has played an important part throughout Weiner’s career, with his slogans spread across the facades of public buildings around the world, translated into numerous languages. While his works exist only as language and can be displayed in any form, he is closely involved in its manifestations. Texts appear on walls and windows of galleries and public spaces, as spoken word in audio recordings and video, printed books and posters, cast or carved objects, tattoos, graffiti, lyrics, online, ad infinitum.
The event is a cooperation between Kunstnernes Hus, KHIO (Avdeling Kunst og Håndverk), KODE and Universitetet i Bergen (Fakultet for kunst, musikk og design).
About the artist
Lawrence Weiner (born 1942 in South Bronx, New York) lives and works in New York. His works have been featured in both private and public major projects and exhibitions. Solo exhibitions include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2013), Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain (2013), Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2007), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2004), and more. In 2007, Wiener’s work were the subject of a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Among many honours he was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1976, 1983), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1994), the Wolfgang Hahn Prize, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (1995), a Skowhegan Medal for Painting/Conceptual Art (1999) and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (2013).