Lawrence Weiner
AN ABRIDGEMENT OF AN ABUTMENT TO ON NEAR OR ABOUT THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, 1969
Fonderie Darling
09.10.14 – 07.12.14

A number of artists in BNLMTL 2014 reference key moments of 1960s social activism, as a means to reflect on what is to come. In the case of Lawrence Weiner, we have selected three works conceived in 1969 and realized in the Canadian Arctic during a period renowned for the development of dematerialized art practices; a period that coincided with social activism in North America, not least in Montréal, with the activities of the Québec Liberation Front. In addition to their historical context, Weiner’s works also address the Arctic, both as a territory and as a symbol, a region whose precariousness is also taken up by other artists in the Biennale.

Weiner’s propositions need not be carried out, yet in this case he travelled with Lucy Lippard to Inuvik, where he leaned a cigarette pack against a dirt mound, dammed a stream and fired a rifle at a rock: impermanent interventions in a harsh and sublime landscape.
—GB

Credit: Guy L'Heureux
A NATURAL WATER COURSE DIVERTED REDUCED OR REPLACED, 1969
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
22.10.14 – 04.01.15
photo credit: Guy L'Heureux/La Biennale de Montréal
THE ARCTIC CIRCLE SHATTERED, 1969
1 Place Ville Marie, hall René-Lévesque
22.10.14 – 04.01.15
Biography

Born in 1942 in the Bronx, NY, Lawrence Weiner lives in New York and Amsterdam. He participates in public and private projects and exhibitions, maintaining that: Art is the empirical fact of the relationships of objects to objects in relation to human beings and not dependent upon historical precedent for either use or legitimacy.

The first presentation of his work was in Mill Valley, California, in 1960. He has participated in Documenta 5 (1972), 6 (1977), 7 (1982) and 13 (2012); Venice Biennale (2013, 2003, 1984, 1972); and Bienal de São Paulo (2006). Among his many honours are the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1976, 1983), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1994), a Wolfgang Hahn Prize (1995) and a Skowhegan Medal for Painting/Conceptual Art (1999). In 2013, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Weiner is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, and Lisson Gallery, London.

http://www.mariangoodman.com/artists/lawrence-weiner/

Events
20.11.2014 Conference
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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