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THE MIDDLE OF THE MIDDLE OF THE MIDDLE OF

by Lawrence Weiner
documenta 13, 2012

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documenta 13
THE MIDDLE OF THE MIDDLE OF THE MIDDLE OF

Description

dOCUMENTA (13) spread so extensively over the city that it had neither a center nor an identifiable focal point. In keeping with its programmatic intent, it refrained from claiming to have a middle. Within the context of this anti-hierarchic exhibition activity, Lawrence Weiner addressed the very issue of that middle in his colored wall text. He verbalized the attempt to demarcate the boundaries of a concrete standpoint, which presupposes the existence of a self-enclosed structure. In incantatory repetition, his template print raises the question of who determines what and where the middle of something is. And that question is also the question of the power to define what art is. Thus this work takes a critical look at the mission documenta has taken upon itself to carry out over a period of decades.

Property of: Grand City Property

Artist

Lawrence Weiner (* 1942 in New York City) is the leading representative of Conceptual Art. He has worked on numerous international projects, including primarily textual works in public space. He took part in documenta 5, 6, 7 and 13.