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The exhibition will include works from the 1980s and 1990s in ink, gouache or pencil. On view concurrently at 521 West 21st Street (ground floor) will be a wall drawing from 1984.

The exhibition will focus primarily on geometric shapes and color, a recurring theme throughout LeWitt’s career. Beyond his use of basic shapes like squares, circles, rectangles and cubes in drawings, wall drawings and sculpture, LeWitt also experimented with isometric forms and volumes, pyramids and trapezoids in ways that were simultaneously rigorous and playful. Rendered in bold black and white or sensual colors, these deceptively simple drawings display an extraordinary variety.

On view at 521 West 21st Street is Wall Drawing No #418E (1984) a blue square on a yellow wall. Like all of LeWitt’s wall drawings, it is an architecturally-scaled work executed directly on the wall by a team of assistants following the artist’s set of instructions. Widely regarded as a leading exponent of Minimalism and Conceptual art, LeWitt stressed the importance of the idea behind a work over its execution and therefore entrusted the execution of his wall drawings to assistants.

Sol LeWitt was born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut, and graduated from Syracuse University in 1949. In 1953 he moved to New York, where he worked several odd jobs, including the bookshop of the Museum of Modern Art, an occupation he credits for helping him find his vocation. His work was first publicly exhibited in 1963 at St. Mark's Church, New York, and he had his first one-person show at the John Daniels Gallery in New York in 1965.

Sol LeWitt died on April 8, 2007 in New York City.



from May 09, 2009 to June 20, 2009


Sol LeWitt

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