Para Site Art Space is delighted to present American conceptual artistfirst solo project in China. Known for his radical use of language, he produces a wall installation in English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese specifically for this exhibition. An artist talk is held in conjunction with his presentation.
Born in New York,is one of the most iconic artists of our time. A central figure of since the 1960s, he concluded that viewers could experience an artwork simply by reading a verbal description of it. Not long after this, turned to language as the primary vehicle for his work, declaring with his statement of intent in 1968 that:
Like other Conceptual artists who gained international recognition in the late 1960s and early 1970s,has investigated new forms of display and distribution that challenge our traditional assumptions about the nature of the art object and its relationship with the viewers. Wall installations, consisting solely of words and punctuation painted on walls in his signature font, have been his primary medium. He believes that the artist himself needs not do the lettering itself, as long as the sign painter complies with the instructions dictated by the artist. Although his works focuses on the potential for language to serve as an art form, the subjects of his epigrammatic statements are often directly related to the physical arrangement of the letters on the wall or to the viewers experience of reading these statements.
has exhibited in many major international museums and he had a retrospective exhibition at the in the end of 2007.
More materials are available to view on site at Para Site.
The Archive Project is financially supported by the Project Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.