Lawrence Weiner
Born in New York, the USA, 1942. Lives and works in New York. Lawrence Weiner began his career as an artist as a very young man at the height of Abstract Expressionism. The late fifties and early sixties he spent travelling throughout North America (the USA, Mexico, and Canada). His debut exhibition was at the age of 19, with his work called Cratering Piece, which became an epiphany for the turning point in his career. Lawrence Weiner divides his time between his studio in New York City and his boat in Amsterdam. He participates in public and private projects and exhibitions in both the New and Old World 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. A comprehensive retrospective of Weiner's nearly 50-year career was organized by Ann Goldstein and Donna De Salvo at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in 2007–2008. He has participated in Documenta V (1972), VI (1977), and VII (1982), as well as the 2005 Venice Biennale, the Biennale de São Paulo in 2006, and the Venice Biennale and European Cultural Centre in 2013 with his work 'The Grace of a Gesture'.