Lawrence Weiner: Above, Beyond, Below

19.04.86 – 17.05.86

For this exhibition American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner created six new works in response to an invitation to exhibit simultaneously at The Fruitmarket Gallery (19 April – 17 May 1986) and at the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney (12 April – 3 May 1986). The specifications for the exhibition and accompanying book were prepared in response to a visit to Scotland the artist made in 1985. The form was dictated by the gallery space and locally available materials. 

‘Ideas are the actual and only necessary material of Weiner’s work. He likens them to sculptures which may be built in the mind and then transposed, if desired, into various concrete forms.’ – Fruitmarket exhibition guide, 1986. 

A book published alongside the exhibition includes texts by Lawrence Weiner, former Fruitmarket Director Mark Francis and artist Erlend Brown. Francis wrote that the book “binds the two exhibitions together, and its variable sequence of abstract and heraldic drawings in comic-book format is linked to the flag and poster also designed by the artist.” 

Kate Livingstone
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Book held by National Library of Scotland

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