Lawrence Weiner was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1942. After graduating from high school, he traveled across the country to California, where, in 1960, he used dynamite to create his Cratering Pieces in Mill Valley. His first solo show was held at the Seth Siegelaub Gallery, New York, in 1964. In 1968 he presented Statements, a book of works composed solely of language, and since then he has continued to explore the capacities and presentation of language as a sculptural medium. Weiner has had solo exhibitions at venues including the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2000); the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1991 and 1994); the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (1990); and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007). In 1991 Dia presented his work Displacement and published an accompanying book of the same title. Weiner currently lives in New York City and Amsterdam.