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Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings from 1968 to 2007
The Centre Pompidou-Metz is organizing a major project around the American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007). In the 13,000 square feet of Galerie 2, the Centre Pompidou-Metz is hosting a retrospective of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings on a scale never seen before in Europe. The selected thirty-three wall drawings, the largest group ever exhibited in Europe, span the artist’s career from its beginnings to his final works.
Chosen from the 1,200 wall drawings which LeWitt created between 1968 and 2007, they reflect both the extraordinary consistency of his systematic explorations - with rigorous sets and combinations of geometric elements - and the remarkable diversity of his practice, both in the evolution of forms from simple geometric figures to what the artist called "complex" or "continuous" forms, and of the materials used (from pencil and crayon to ink washes, acrylic paint and graphite).
Through a remarkable partnership with local schools of art and architecture, the execution of these wall drawings at the Centre Pompidou-Metz fully conveys the spirit of collaboration and generosity advocated by the artist.
In partnership with the Centre Pompidou-Metz, and as a chromatic counterpart to this retrospective of wall drawings in black and white, M-Museum in Leuven (Belgium) shown, until 14 October 2012 twenty wall drawings in color.
In 2013, the Centre Pompidou-Metz show Sol LeWitt as a collector. An artist and his artists. This second exhibition reflect LeWitt’s extraordinary career not only as a prolific artist but also as an insatiable collector.
Béatrice Gross, independent curator and art critic, New York.
The practice of wall drawing
The work and career of Sol LeWitt
(15 cultural institutions in the Saar and Lorraine regions
and in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg are organising
an original approach to modern and contemporary art with the MONO event)
Wall Drawing #346, 1981
Seven geometric figures (including right triangle) drawn with India ink. The figures are filled in solid.
First installed by Sol LeWitt, Guy Mazarguil, Laurent Mazarguil, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, February, 1981
Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris
Purchased in 1982
© Adagp, Paris 2012
© Centre Pompidou-Metz / Photos : Rémi Villaggi
Sol Lewitt, American, (1928-2007)
b. September 9, 1928, Hartford, CT
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