PRINT November 1990


When you are dealing with language, there is no edge that the picture drops over or drops off. You are dealing with something completely infinite. Language, because it is the most nonobjective thing we have ever developed in this world, never stops.

—Lawrence Weiner, “Art Without Space”

Words are no more, and never can be more, than symbols, indicating a thought, a feeling, or an idea; symbols which need action, gesture, intonation, expression, and a whole context of circumstance, to give them their full significance.

—Denis Diderot, The Paradox of Acting

LAWRENCE WEINER HAS ALWAYS BEEN something of an anomaly within the pantheon of Conceptualism, a judgment confirmed by even the most cursory look at the “movement”’s bibliography. Compared to peers such as Joseph Kosuth, Robert Barry, Douglas Huebler, and John Baldessari, Weiner has received very little serious critical evaluation over

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