ARTIST ROOMS Lawrence Weiner – Woodhorn Museum
Woodhorn Museum: Display
25 October 2014 – 19 April 2015

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Lawrence Weiner, 'TUCKED IN AT THE CORNERS' 1988

Lawrence Weiner
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ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008© Lawrence Weiner

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Lawrence Weiner’s cycle of wall texts from the ARTIST ROOMS collection resonate with new and multiple readings within Woodhorn’s historic colliery setting. In this context Weiner’s texts can be read in relation to both the physical processes and social histories of coal-mining in the North East coal fields. Text is integral to the physical experience of Woodhorn, from the rousing slogans on the iconic mining banners to the often baffling industry-specific signage in the colliery buildings. The contrast between statement and action within Weiner’s work gains added significance in a place once heaving with heavy industry yet today a carefully preserved and static heritage site, museum and archive.