Sol LeWitt’s 1987 gouache Complex Form is one of a series produced in conjunction with Wall Drawing #564: Complex forms with color ink washes superimposed, itself conceived and executed for the 1988 Venice Biennale and currently being shown for the first time since. In the gouache, 10 colored triangles and a square are fitted together into a form like an open parenthesis or a squat obelisk casting a truncated shadow. Stains, daubs and multiple layers of color—muddy yellow over blue, pale orange over red—produce an unusually open view into the emotional content of LeWitt’s work, but its seamless geometry shines as clear as ever through this more frankly carnal execution.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux announced that it has purchased the first authorized biography on Sol LeWitt, a pioneer of the movements of conceptualism and minimalism, titled Sol LeWitt: A Life of Ideas, by Lary Bloom. While there has been a tremendous amount of documentation of the work of LeWitt, an artist known for his geometric sculptures and drawings, the story of his life has yet to be told. “I don’t think anyone has had the access that this author will have,” said Alexander Star, senior editor at FSG, who struck the deal.
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This Thursday, Waterhouse & Dodd on Greene Street will open the exhibition “Sol LeWitt: Works on Paper 1983-2003.” Consisting of gouaches, woodcuts, etchings and engravings, many of these works are being shown for the first time. Here’s a preview of what to expect.
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Sol LeWitt’s Lines in Four Directions, a floral work commissioned in 1981 by the Association for Public Art (then, the Fairmount Park Art Association), finally blooms, however late, thanks to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Two weeks ago, the artist Adam Pendleton was in his studio in Germantown, a small town in upstate New York, talking about Black Dada, a kind of conceptual manifesto that informs much of his work.
“It defies logic,” he said and let out a loud laugh. “It’s so illogical it’s almost humorous.”
Hartford, Connecticut’s Wadsworth Atheneum, America’s oldest public art museum, has tapped Robin Jaffee Frank as its new chief curator. The Hartford Courant broke the news, which Artforum also noted.