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2017
August 2–4, 2017
Aspen, CO

2017 Aspen Award for Art Honoree: Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942, The Bronx, New York) is an early instigator of Conceptualism, redefining what constitutes sculpture with his language-based wall constructions since the late sixties. Using language as a sculptural material, his iconic text installations—open to individual interpretation by the viewer—have been exhibited around the world and interpreted into numerous languages. Important solo exhibitions have taken place at the Milwaukee Art Museum (2017); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2016); Blenheim Art Foundation, United Kingdom (2015); South London Gallery (2014); Villa Panza, Italy, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain (both 2013); and the Jewish Museum, New York (2012). A major retrospective survey was shown at the Whitney Museum, New York, MoCA, Los Angeles, and K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2007–9). Recent group exhibitions have been at Whitechapel Gallery, London, the Drawing Center, New York, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson (all 2016); the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Noguchi Museum, New York, Fondation Beyeler, Basel (all 2015); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, and Kulturhuset, Stockholm (both 2014). In 2015, Weiner received the Roswitha Haftmann Foundation Prize and the Wolf Prize in 2017. He lives and works in New York and Amsterdam.