Lawrence Weiner
Nordstjernens Lys Polaris /Shot To Hell While Wishing Upon A Star, 1991, framed

This rare print by Lawrence Weiner was published in 1991 by the Danish Radeer Association, whose limited editions are distributed exclusively to its membership base. Layering text fragments of celestial and geographic significance, Weiner here obliquely references the light of the North Star, Polaris, the summer solstice, and the oft-romanticised 16th century Danish noblewoman Marie Grubbe—though this likely refers to her street namesake in Denmark, a map of which could be read in the black abstracted shapes that also appear here. The additional phrase, ‘Shot to hell while wishing upon a star’ was returned to in several later works by Weiner—most notably in 1995 at Arti et Amicitiae as a wall text alongside the exhibited remains of Dutch artist Robert Scholte’s BMW, who lost both his legs when a bomb exploded under it. Lawrence Weiner, b. 1942, Bronx, New York is considered a key figure of the Conceptual Art movement. He lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. Silkscreen and die-cut Signed and numbered Edition of 500 Published by Den Danish Radeerforening 19.25 × 27 inches
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