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Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner

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Lawrence Weiner

Within a realm of distance: Lawrence Weiner at Blenheim Palace: 10 October - 20 December 2015

Lawrence Weiner, whose Conceptual practice explores language, idioms and meaning, adorned the Palace’s exterior and state rooms with vibrant, brightly coloured, site-specific works in his signature graphic typeface.His oblique statements took on new meaning within this rich setting, in contrast with the white walls and more industrial spaces that he usually worked with. The dictum, ‘Within a realm of distance’, surmounted the grand portico at the entrance in three-dimensional blue letters, expressing Weiner’s initial response to Blenheim Palace: one of wonder yet also detached distance, as if entering a seemingly other worldly realm, far away from modern, everyday reality.

The Palace, a centre for high art and culture when first built, was reactivated through the juxtaposition of old and new which generated new meaning, understanding and appreciation of visual culture.