Sol LeWitt: The composer of drawing

Published:  February 6, 2014

From the 20 Feb – 3 Aug 2014, 40 years of Sol LeWitt‘s practice will be on show at the Art Gallery of NSW, many being shown in Australia for the first time.

Sol LeWitt (America, 1928–2007) was a conceptual artist and ‘structuralist’—a term he preferred over ‘sculptor’. A pioneer of conceptual art, he forged a new way of thinking about making art. “In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work”, LeWitt wrote in 1967.

“He compared himself to a composer,” explains John Kaldor, a LeWitt collector. “Someone who writes the music that others can perform. Sol gives very very precise instructions about the work, but his assistants, who are trained by Sol, will execute it.”

Sol LeWitt Wall drawing #1091© Estate of Sol LeWitt. ARS, licensed by Viscopy

Among the highlights of the exhibition are monumental wall drawings made from instructions written by the artist, a previously unrealised ‘concrete structure’ and a comprehensive selection of works on paper and archival material, revealing the major developments in his work. The display concludes with one of his final ‘scribble’ drawings of 2006, which will take more than 25 days and three assistants to realise. Two specialist LeWitt assistants will travel from Helsinki and Berlin to oversee the creation of the four new wall drawings.

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