American artist, born in the Bronx, New York. He was one of the most influential figures in the establishment of Conceptual art through works in which an artistic idea could be presented purely in verbal form. In a statement of 1969 he proposed that ‘The artist may construct the piece; the piece may be fabricated; the piece may not be built’. In the early pieces the ideas generally had the possibility of some kind of physical realization, for instance The Residue of a Flare Ignited on a Boundary (1968–9), and Weiner has claimed that his work is as much sculptural as verbal. Although such works could be bought by collectors, they could, in a sense, be possessed simply by knowing them. The later work has also used verbal language, often in the context of installation. Weiner has also worked as a musician, graphic designer and film-maker.
A. Albero et al., Lawrence Weiner (1998)