new-york

Lawrence Weiner

James Goodman Gallery

You’d expect a show devoted to an artist’s multiples and editions to be of minor importance, at best a collection of diversions, digressions, ephemera, jeux d’esprit, and other asides. In the case of Lawrence Weiner, by contrast, such an exhibition turns out to be the best way to enter his oeuvre. One reason for this is the simple fact that this show supplies a rare opportunity to gather a large number of works of very different sorts in a single room. More important, it serves as a reminder that Weiner’s work is nothing if not an art of diversions, digressions, ephemera, jeux d’esprit, and asides. This might not be so obvious from the artist’s best-known works, the large-scale wall inscriptions that, he maintains, consist of “language and the materials referred to.” But when these inscriptions are relocated in a broader context that includes books, posters, matchbooks, banners, pins,

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