Lawrence Weiner

ROUGHLY RIPPED APART (1988)

About this artwork

This cycle of ten wall texts is typical of Weiner’s practice in which he conveys the concept of the artwork by defining it through language. Each statement suggests a physical action or invokes the manipulation of an object or matter. Indeed, Weiner regards his language works as sculptures, and they can be seen as instructions or propositions that could be enacted. These works are displayed as vinyl lettering applied directly to the gallery wall. The artist’s aim is to offer a universal, objective experience in which the reader is invited to execute the work through his or her own imagination.

  • title: ROUGHLY RIPPED APART
  • accession number: AR00138
  • artist: Lawrence Weiner (born 1942)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Installation
  • date created: 1988
  • measurements: Variable
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © Lawrence Weiner
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Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner

Although self-taught as an artist, Weiner emerged as a leading figure in Conceptual Art gaining international acclaim in the late 1960s. Born in the Bronx, New York, Weiner is best known for his use of language as the primary source for his work. This emerged in 1968, following his earlier experimentations with painting and shaped canvases. His language-based works predominantly take the form of wall installations in galleries, although they have also been spoken as dialogue in video, printed in book format or incorporated into public spaces. In these statements which often centre on materials, actions or processes, Weiner focuses on the interaction between the work and the viewer.