Galleria Alfonso Artiaco is delighted to announce the opening of Lawrence Weiner ’s solo show "The Bay of Naples" on Friday February 6th 7.30pm, at which the artist will be present.
For his third solo-show at Alfonso Artiaco gallery, Lawrence Weiner, a pivotal figure among the founders of Conceptual Art, has developed some site-specific large-scale installations and four mixed-media works on paper. The content of the exhibition refers to Neapolitan reality.
Since 1967 Lawrence Weiner's work has been formulated by recourse to language rather than the more conventional medium of painting or sculpture, considering it like a material object. In the language, Weiner found a tool for representing material relationships in the external world eliminating all references to authorial subjectivity, all traces of the artist's hand, his skill, or his taste. By utilizing, wherever possible, semantic and grammatical symbols, he has articulated his work in unequivocally direct terms. This sculpture, clear and concise, in the guise of statements, is designed to offer a new redefinition of the relationship between the artist and the viewer "a universal common possibility of availability." (Lawrence Weiner)
As Weiner's works are mostly created for specific places they are not only shown in English but also in the language of the country of the exhibition, because it is important to the artist to transgress conventional boundaries of language and get their free interpretation.
For almost four decades, his artistic production have gone through several forms from his early experimental work in film and video to performances, artist books to ephemera work, as well as large-scale public commissions in cities including Vancouver, Vienna, Eindhoven, New York. Recent major exhibitions include Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2000), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, (2004) and Tate Gallery, London (2006), Castello di Rivoli (2006). In 2007 the Whitney Museum of American Art in collaboration with MOCA, Los Angeles, mounted the first major retrospective of Weiner's work in the United States. This exhibition moved on view at K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf.
Lawrence Weiner, born in 1942, lives and works in New York and Amsterdam.