I have been immersed in all things Sol for the past few days as we have been installing our LCDQ window and I must say, the man rocks. I have often been accused of being in my head too much (fairly, I must confess) so this curious, intelligent man really gets me going. Mr. LeWitt is widely considered the father of conceptual art – art that is about the idea rather than a single person’s abilities to paint, sculpt etc. The directions themselves were the art. The majority of his work were wall drawings – pieces made directly on the wall by him, assistants, students and local community members – which made each one unique. Many have names like All architectural points connected by straight lines (WD #51, 1970) which, naturally, will make the piece specific to the space it is in or on. Very heady. Very cool.
But hey, enough of my yakking (to quote Marty DiBergi from Spinal Tap). Get into these fantastic, emphemeral, unexpectedly beautiful pieces of art:
If you are digging these, check out MassMOCA’s website to see images from Mr. LeWitt’s retrospective (running through 2033 – not a typo) and make sure to check out the timelapses showing their creation. We were considering doing a timelapse of our own painting and installation process but we were too sweaty and it looks much better in a gallery. Believe me. Enjoy!