Saturday, October 14, 2017

MASS MoCa: Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective

Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective
Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, through 2033, occupies nearly an acre of specially built interior walls that are installed—per LeWitt’s own specifications—over three stories of a historic mill building situated at the heart of MASS MoCA’s 19th-century, former factory campus.
Wall Drawing 1081 - Planes of Color – March 2003
Wall Drawing 1046 – Bars of Color - May 2002

Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective
Sol LeWitt is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, and is known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings. His experiments with the latter commenced in 1968 and were considered radical, in part because this new form of drawing was purposely temporal and often executed not just by LeWitt but also by other artists and students whom he invited to assist him in the installation of his works.
Wall Drawings 414 - 413
Drawing Series IV (A) - with color ink washes – March 1984

Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective
Each wall drawing begins as a set of instructions or a simple diagram to be followed in executing the work. As the exhibition makes clear, these straightforward instructions yield an astonishing—and stunningly beautiful—variety of work that is at once simple and highly complex, rigorous, and sensual. The drawings in the exhibition range from layers of straight lines meticulously drawn in black graphite pencil lead, to rows of delicately rendered wavy lines in colored pencil; from bold black-and-white geometric forms, to bright planes in acrylic paint arranged like the panels of a folding screen; from sensuous drawings created by dozens of layers of transparent washes, to a tangle of vibratory orange lines on a green wall, and much more. Forms may appear to be flat, to recede in space, or to project into the viewer’s space, while others meld to the structure of the wall itself, like gauze.
Wall Drawing 146A
All two-part combinations of arcs from corner and sides, and straight, not straight, and broken lines within a 36-inch (90cm) grid.
June 2000

Sol LeWitt – Structures
A new adjunct to MASS MoCA’s long-running Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing Retrospective; a concise selection of the artists’ three-dimensional sculptures. The works illustrate the generative potential for LeWitt’s serial approach.
Incomplete Open Cubes – 8/5 – 3/2 – 8/9
1974 –painted aluminum

Wall Drawing
343D (Rectangle) – 343E (Trapezoid) – 343F (Parallelogram)
On a black wall, nine geometric figures (including right triangle, cross X) in squares.  The backgrounds are filled in solid white.
December 1980

 Wall Drawings 880 - Loopy Doopy
(orange and green) – September 1998
Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective opened to the public, after nearly six months of intensive drafting and painting by a team comprising twenty-two senior and experienced assistants who worked with the artist over many years; thirty-three student interns from Yale University, Williams College, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and fourteen other colleges and universities; and thirteen local artists and recent graduates and postgraduates from many of the nation’s leading studio-art programs.

Wall Drawing 386
Stars with three, four, five, six, seven, eight and nine points, drawn with light tone India ink wash inside, an India ink wash outside, separated by a 6-inch (15cm) white band - January 1983.

Sol LeWitt - Structures
Negative Pyramid - 1997

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