“BENT UNTIL STRAIGHT”, 2001
“BATTERED UNTIL FORMED”, 2001
“EMPTIED UNTIL FULL”, 2001
“DECLARATION OF INTENT”, 1968
“AS LONG AS IT LASTS”, 1992/2024
“UNTITLED [PENDING RESOLVE SHIFTED BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON ERGO: CAKE AS PIE]”, 2012
“CALLED BY ANOTHER NAME”, 2016
“UNTITLED [ 1 + 2 & 3 + [-] PENDING RESOLVE BE THAT AS IT MAY]”, 2012

photo by Keizo Kioku

TARO NASU is pleased to announce Lawrence Weiner’s solo exhibition EMPTIED UNTIL FULL.

EMPTIED UNTIL FULL is the third Lawrence Weiner exhibition held at TARO NASU. We are pleased to announce this show is made in cooperation with the Lawrence Weiner Estate, the first exhibition with us since the artist’s passing in 2021.

The exhibition will include a special display of Weiner’s Declaration of Intent, 1968:

 

1.THE ARTIST MAY CONSTRUCT THE WORK
2.THE WORK MAY BE FABRICATED
3.THE WORK NEED NOT BE BUILT

EACH BEING EQUAL AND CONSISTENT WITH THE INTENT OF THE ARTIST
THE DECISION AS TO CONDITION RESTS WITH
THE RECEIVER UPON THE OCCASION OF RECEIVERSHIP

 

In 1968, Weiner began creating his works in language, which became his primary material. He referred to these works as sculpture, determining that an artwork in language is a thought process, in three-dimensions. The Declaration outlines the parameters of how the work can be made; that it need not necessarily be built in order to exist; and that whoever possesses the work holds a responsibility in the decision of presentation. The last piece of the Declaration says that the parties involved in the artwork’s existence are of equal status.

Weiner measured the breadth and depth of his subject matter through sculptural language. His work presents viewers with a structure that makes it attainable to anyone. Weiner shifts responsibility to the viewer to complete the work, believing that in order for a culture to be significant each person is equally responsible for fulfilling it.

Along with the artist’s Declaration, TARO NASU will present four of Weiner’s sculptures, two drawings, and a special edition work, all of which tender an experience of Weiner’s worldview.

 

 

LAWRENCE WEINER (1942 – 2021)

Recent solo exhibitions include Of & About Posters, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, 2024; Lawrence Weiner: UNDER THE SUN, Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea, 2023; ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY HAVE THE SAME FACE, Qatar Museum, Doha, 2022; CLOSE TO A RAINBOW, Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Denmark, 2021; ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY HAVE THE SAME FACE, The Jewish Museum, New York, US, 2020; BROUGHT DOWN TO JUST BELOW, Kode Kunstmuseer, Bergen, Norway, 2019; Lawrence Weiner: OUT OF SIGHT, Perez Art Museum, Miami, US; Lawrence Weiner: INHERENT INNATE TENSION, Milwaukee Art Museum, USA; Art Wall: Lawrence Weiner, Berkley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, California, US, 2017; Lawrence Weiner: WHEREWITHAL, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; Lawrence Weiner: WITHIN A REALM OF DISTANCE, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, UK, 2015; Some Moved Pictures of Lawrence Weiner, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, UK; ALL IN DUE COURSE, South London Gallery, UK; WRITTEN ON THE WIND: Drawings by Lawrence Weiner, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; and others. Participation in many large-scale international exhibitions include ”Okayama Art Summit 2016: Development,” Japan, 2016; ”Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms: The 14th Istanbul Biennial,” Istanbul, Turkey, 2015; ”Documenta13,” Kassel, Germany, 2012 and others. His diverse activities during his lifetime demonstrate the high acclaim his work has received across national borders.