Lawrence Weiner

ROUGHLY RIPPED APART

About this artwork

This cycle of ten wall texts is typical of Weiner’s practice in which he conveyed the concept of the artwork by defining it through language. Each statement suggests a physical action or invokes the manipulation of an object or matter. Indeed, Weiner regarded his language works as sculptures, and they can be seen as instructions or propositions that could be enacted. These works are displayed as vinyl lettering applied directly to the gallery wall. The artist’s aim was to offer a universal, objective experience in which the reader is invited to execute the work through his or her own imagination.

Updated December 2021

  • artist:
    Lawrence Weiner (1942 - 2021)
  • title:
    ROUGHLY RIPPED APART
  • date created:
    1988
  • materials:
    Vinyl wall text
  • measurements:
    Variable
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00138
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner