Text art will resonate in museum

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Artwork by one of the world’s leading figures in conceptual art is to go on display at Woodhorn Museum as part of the country-wide tour.

New York artist Lawrence Weiner’s cycle of ten statements will be exhibited at the Northumberland venue from Saturday, October 25.

The works are taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay with additional support from funders, including the Art Fund.

The tour programme, now in its sixth year, is showing at 18 museums and galleries across the UK in 2014.

Woodhorn director Keith Merrin said: “Text is integral to the Woodhorn Museum site, from the rousing slogans on the iconic mining banners to the industry-specific signage in the colliery buildings.

“Lawrence Weiner’s cycle of wall texts resonate with new readings in this historic colliery setting. The statements could read in relation to the physical processes of mining or the social histories of coal mining communities.

“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.”

Straight Down to Below is on display at Woodhorn until April 12, 2015.