Wall Drawing #915, Arcs, Circle and Irregular Bands by Sol LeWitt

Country : United States

 

American artist Sol LeWitt (b. 1928 - d. 2007) was regarded as a founder of both Minimal and Conceptual art. He came to fame in the late 1960s with his wall drawings and "structures" (a term he preferred instead of "sculptures"), although he also practised in a wide range of media including drawing, printmaking, photography, and painting. He had no interest in inherent narrative or descriptive imagery. Instead, his two and three-dimensional work generally took the form of towers, pyramids, geometric forms, and progressions.

In 1968, LeWitt began to conceive sets of guidelines or simple diagrams for his two-dimensional works drawn directly on the wall. These were first executed in graphite and subsequently he moved on to use other materials such as crayon, colored pencil, India ink and bright acrylic paint. Between the late 1990s and early 2000s, he started to create highly saturated colorful acrylic wall drawings made up of curvilinear forms. While these seem playful and almost random, they are drawn according to an exacting set of guidelines.

Interestingly, LeWitt's practice was to have his wall drawings executed by people other than himself as the artist and he would use teams of assistants to create such works. The wall drawings are executed on-site and generally exist for the duration of an exhibition and then later destroyed. This simultaneously imbues the works with an element of ephemerality and longevity. They can be installed, removed, and then reinstalled in another location, as many times as required. Even after his death, people are still making these drawings.  

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