Lawrence Weiner is a self-taught Conceptual artist who is probably best known for his text-based installation work. After studying for less than one year at Hunter College in New York City, he traveled North America, working a variety of odd jobs and creating what he terms “give-aways” — small objects that he used in trade and exchange. Early in his career, he worked with the effects of painting on various shapes of canvases.
Since the 1970’s, Weiner has been creating installations based on thought-provoking fragments of wall text that either stand alone or are embellished by related objects. These displays not only relish in conceptual existentialism, but are statements on the artist’s role in art. Weiner has declared that his text installations do not necessarily need to be completed by the artist, as long as it is done according to his specifications.