Lawrence Weiner still has the same distinctive beard he had in the 1970s, only now it's gray and longer. He still works in the studio daily, and he doesn't do lunch — it's an annoying interruption. He's one of the few conceptual artists who hasn't held a teaching job: Academia's about answers, and what could more antithetical to art making? “Skills come with age,” he's said of artists, “but wisdom, I doubt it very, very much.” His new show at Regen Projects might be a little bit wise, though, in the way it doesn't attempt to be anything other than what it is. The winding blue vinyl letters on the floor that say “Around & Around” pull your eye around and around, and the words “Under the Top,” written in boxy black just under the ceiling rafters, articulate exactly where they are and exactly what they mean. 9016 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd.; through June 23. (310) 276-5424,

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