Lawrence Weiner

Spheres of Influence

Lawrence Weiner, Spheres of Influence
Lawrence Weiner (1942-)
Spheres of Influence
colored silkscreen poster, signed and numbered by the artist
27 3/4h x 20w in


This is one of two limited edition posters (Tate P20269-P20270) designed by Weiner for his solo show SPHERES OF INFLUENCE at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, from 25 January – 3 March 1991. The poster catalogued as Tate P20269 has two lines of green text detailing the dates and opening times of Weiner’s exhibition and the address and telephone number of the ICA. The text also credits the artist and the Anthony d’Offay Gallery, which was then Weiner’s London gallery. This poster is the second version, Tate P20270, which has two parallel green lines across the image’s bottom edge in place of the text in the other version. These posters advertised the exhibition as well as formed part of the installation on display.  

These posters reflect aspects of the Weiner’s clean and precise visual style. The signature image of works in Spheres of Influence is a motif of crossed lines bisecting an ovoid form. This diagrammatic form recurs in a group of related drawings (Tate T12011-T12018) suggesting a point of convergence in the crossed paths of the parallel lines, with the ovoid shapes expressing the parameters of the ‘spheres of influence’ of the title. 

condition is good with slightly bent edges and some dirt along the sides