'I do not mind objects," pioneer conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner told an interviewer in 1969, "but I do not care to make them." Instead, the former painter became known for a dematerialized form of language art, composing and exhibiting off-kilter aphorisms that evoke equal parts philosophical proposition, Zen koan, and instruction manual, often referring to physical spaces or mental states. His words have been typed onto sheets of paper, painted on gallery walls, published in journals, or affixed to the exterior of buildings: "An object tossed from one country to another"; "A translation from one language to another"; "Earth to earth ashes to ashes dust to dust." Four decades of the thinky stuff now graces the Whitney Museum, which is holding Weiner's first U.S. retrospective, entitled "As Far as the Eye Can See." The show includes his foundational... More >>>