Sol LeWitt’s celebrated Wall Drawing #260 on display at MoMA
The Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Gallery, fourth floor
Focus: Sol LeWitt
Exhibition > June 29, 2009
Over the course of his prolific, influential career, Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) produced more than 1,200 wall drawings. The installation Focus: Sol LeWitt features one of the artist’s celebrated examples from The Museum of Modern Art’s collection, Wall Drawing #260: On Black Walls, All Two-Part Combinations of White Arcs from Corners and Sides, and White Straight, Not-Straight, and Broken Lines (1975).
Focus: Sol LeWitt
© 2008 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
First shown at MoMA in the Museum’s 1978 LeWitt retrospective, this wall drawing, composed of white lines on black walls and measuring in this installation approximately 1,500 square feet, was carried out by a team of trained assistants based upon LeWitt’s written directions. LeWitt compared his role to that of a composer who creates a score that may be played by musicians for generations to come. The concept—or score—remains constant, but the wall drawing, like a musical performance, varies slightly each time it is realized anew. On view from December 5, 2008, through June 29, 2009, in The Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Gallery on the fourth floor, the exhibition is organized by Cora Rosevear, Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, with Veronica Roberts, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art.
LeWitt wrote: “The black wall gives a feeling of enclosure. The white lines maintain their grid and by changing offer clues to the system. The plan is always presented so that the viewer will know that the changes are not capricious but systematic, becoming a language and a narrative of shapes.”
In addition to this wall drawing, LeWitt’s large, three-dimensional structure Serial Project, I (ABCD) (1966), based on squares and cubes, is on view in the Museum’s fourth floor galleries. His six-color Wall Drawing #1144: Broken Bands of Color in Four Directions, conceived and executed in 2004, is on view in the lobby of the Museum’s Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder Building.
- © 2008 The Museum of Modern Art, New York