Lawrence Weiner art piece donated to Vail
VAIL — The town of Vail’s Art in Public Places recently accepted a generous gift of art by Lawrence Weiner from the collection of Vicki and Kent Logan. Working closely with the artist and his studio, the donated work “To the extent of how deep the valley is at some given time,” 2001, is installed on the western exterior facade of the Vail Village parking structure adjacent to Village Centre Drive.
Weiner is one of the original figures of the Conceptual Art Movement from the 1960s and was amongst the trailblazing artists who presented art through language. His textual art has appeared in the permanent collections and exhibitions in most major museum around the world.
In 2007, a comprehensive exhibition included the donated work and received critical acclaim as it traveled to The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Working closely with the artist and his studio, the donated work — “To the extent of how deep the valley is at some given time” — will be installed on the western facing exterior facade of the Vail Village parking structure.
“The text of this work is particularly appropriate for us in the Vail Valley; the mountains surrounding us were formed millions of years ago, and will still be here millions of years from now,” said Vicki and Kent Logan. “As humans, we are witnesses to only a minuscule portion of this continuum and in effect, small pawns in a universal chess game beyond definition and understanding. In this work, Weiner has captured the spirituality inherent in nature itself.”
The Logans aren’t the only ones pleased with the piece.
“The privilege of being able to integrate my work into such an astounding landscape leaves me speechless,” Weiner said. “The only thing I can say is how lucky the work is to be in such a surrounding.”
The Logan’s art collection is being gifted to the Denver Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Phoenix Art Museum.
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