Seven Wall Drawings.
Sol LeWitt holds a special position within the group of prominent Minimalists and Conceptual artists that were so pioneering at the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 70s. He drew directly on a wall for the first time for an exhibition in 1968. For the remainder of his life he continued to work with what he termed wall drawings and investigated every line combination imaginable. Initially he restricted himself to horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines before expanding his geometric lexicon.
The exhibition at comprises works that like an artistic grammar focuses on his use of lines, that are visually chaotic, that emphasize the architecture and that are seductive color spectra. The artist is quoted as saying, ”every door is a wall”. In the exhibition each work leads to the next and rather than the Renaissance notion of painting being a window onto the world, the wall drawings are doors that lead the viewer into a world of ideas.
The American artist Sol LeWitt was born in 1928 and died in 2007. A number of retrospective exhibitions focusing on his wall drawings have taken place in the USA since 2000, most notably at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2000), Dia Beacon, New York (2009) and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2008-2033). In Europe the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam presented a retrospective with LeWitt’s wall drawings in 1984.
Text: victor moreno