Influential conceptual artist, Lawrence Weiner presents his renowned wall texts translated into Scots for The McManus in Dundee.
Influential conceptual artist, Lawrence Weiner uses language as his medium. His text work takes many forms, but the core principle remains the same – his ideas should not be confined to the gallery but taken up by the viewer. Adopting this principle, The McManus work with the artist to present his texts in different forms. One cycle of wall texts was presented in Scots – translated by distinguished author James Robertson. Texts were also installed within museum displays around the building – the text resonating alongside Dundee’s rich collections of natural history, archaeology, world cultures, industrial machinery and the spectacular architecture of The McManus itself.
The exhibition at The McManus brought together a cycle of wall texts from the ARTIST ROOMS collection with a later wall piece and a selection of posters, drawings, artist books and ephemera from the Tate and The University of Dundee.
Image: Lawrence Weiner, STRAIGHT DOWN TO BELOW, 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 © Lawrence Weiner.
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