Text installation by Lawrence Weiner

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

I've liked Lawrence Weiner since I saw his work 'Taken to as deep as the sea can be' at an exhibition at the Tate St Ives two summers ago. My parents bought his book for me for my birthday ('Lawrence Weiner', published by Phaidon Books) and it has by far some of the best pictures of his work and many interesting interviews with people influenced by Weiner and artists working around the same time, as well as pieces by art critics and some material from Weiner himself. The photography showcases his work far more impressively than other photographs available on Google and on gallery sites (though the above pictures from the Dvir Gallery are some of the best). I much prefer his larger scale outdoor work on buildings, such as the pictures below from his book.

 Apologies for the poor quality photo above...
I also saw his work when I went to the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin on a trip with my art school in December. The gallery is absolutely massive and seemed much bigger and fuller than the Tate Modern: we spent over six hours looking at all the art in there, and one of the best things about the Berlin galleries is that photography is allowed in nearly all of them. I instantly recognised one of the pieces decorating a stairwell between galleries in one of the far wings...

Kind of reminded me about the lovely marble inlay on the floor of the British Museum, one of my favourite places in the world. I love the quotes they have on the floor, and all the poetry on the ceiling of the bookshop (which will probably come up here sometime soon too)

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