Sol LeWitt’s influential drawings on walls around the world

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #1136
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1136

Over the course of his prolific, influential career, Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) produced more than 1.200 wall drawings. Early in his career, Sol LeWitt began to have others help execute his wall drawings. Wall Drawing 16 was first drawn by a draftsmen, which helped LeWitt to realize his work according to his instructions and diagrams, addressing practical concerns such as the time-consuming nature of the drawings. More significantly, however, this choice articulated LeWitt’s belief that the conception of the idea, rather than its execution, constitutes the art work. He was also rejecting the traditional importance assigned to the artist’s own hand. The artist executed the earliest wall drawings within a square, usually four by four feet wide, but by 1969 he was using the entire wall, starting with Wall Drawing 16.

The drawings range from layers of straight lines meticulously drawn in black graphite pencil lead, to rows of delicately rendered wavy lines in colored pencil; from bold black-and-white geometric forms, to bright planes in acrylic paint arranged like the panels of a folding screen; from sensuous drawings created by dozens of layers of transparent washes, to a tangle of vibratory orange lines on a green wall, and much more. Forms may appear to be flat, to recede in space, or to project into the viewer’s space, while others meld to the structure of the wall itself.

LeWitt, who stressed the idea behind his work over its execution, is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual art, and is known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings. His experiments with the latter commenced in 1968 and were considered radical, in part because this new form of drawing was purposely temporal and due to the collaborative element.

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing #122 (1972)
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #122, 1972, Black pencil grid, blue crayon arcs and lines
Image © Estate of Sol LeWitt / ARS, New York. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 238
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #238, June 1974, Black pencil and black crayon, LeWitt Collection, Chester, Connecticut

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #260
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #260

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 280
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #280

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 340, July 1980
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #340, July 1980

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 343A,B,C,D,E,F
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #343A,B,C,D,E,F, December 1980, White crayon on black wall

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 343G
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #343 G

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #346
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #346, india ink

Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing #354, 1981 ink, Basel Foto- Fabio Fabbrini, courtesy of Fondation Beyeler.jpg
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #354, 1981, ink, Basel, Switzerland
Photo: Fabio Fabbrini, courtesy of Fondation Beyeler.jpg

Sol Lewitt - Wall Drawing #356 BB, Cube Without a Cube
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #356 BB, Cube Without a Cube

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #366
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #366

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #368
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #368

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #370, installation view in Gallery 399 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, August, 2014
Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #370, installation view in Gallery 399 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, August, 2014

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #370
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #370, installation view in Gallery 399 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, August, 2014

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 386
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #386

Wall Drawing #393 (1983)
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #393, 1983, Red, yellow, blue, and black crayon with black pencil grid on white wall
Image © Estate of Sol LeWitt / ARS, New York. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing #397
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #397

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 413
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #413

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing #442, Performance Hall Foyer, Yale-NUS College photo David Zhang
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #442, Performance Hall Foyer, Yale-NUS College
Photo: David Zhang

Sol Lewitt - Wall Drawing 467
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #467, at Marian Goodman Gallery

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 528 G
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #528 G, 1987, Color ink washes superimposed on wall

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing #564-  Complex forms with color ink washes superimposed,’ (1988) Paula Cooper Gallery, Sept 2013.
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #564, Complex forms with color ink washes superimposed, 1988, at Paula Cooper Gallery, Sept 2013.

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 579
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #579, November 1988, Color ink wash, Private collection, New York

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing #614
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #614

Sol LeWitt - Wall drawing 620
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #620

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #631
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #631, india ink, Wall Drawing 614, india ink

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 681c, August 1993, Color ink wash
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #681, August 1993, Color ink wash

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 711, 1992, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #711, 1992, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 711, 1992, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #711, 1992, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 711, 1992, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #711, 1992, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing # 721, Wavy Horzontal Bands of Color
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #721, Wavy Horzontal Bands of Color, Zürich, Switzerland
Photo: Lorenz Ehrismann

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 793B
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing 793B, January 1996, Color ink wash
Courtesy of the Estate of Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 822
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing 822, April 1997, Acrylic Paint
Courtesy of the Estate of Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #831
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #831 (Geometric Forms), acrylic

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #836
Sol LeWitt – Wall drawing #836

Sol LeWitt - Wall drawing 869
Sol LeWitt – Wall drawing #869

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #879
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #879, Loopy Doopy (black and white), acrylic

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 880
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing 880, Loopy Doopy (orange and green), september 1998, Acrylic paint Addison Gallery of American Art

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #901
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #901

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 915
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #915, September 1999, Acrylic paint
Courtesy of the Estate of Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 1005
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1005, Isometric form. December 2001, Acrylic paint
Courtesy of the Estate of Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 1037
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1037, April 2002, Acrylic paint
Courtesy of the Estate of Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 1138
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1138, 2004

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 1042
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1042, May 2002, Acrylic paint
Courtesy of the Estate of Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 1081
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1081, March 2003, Acrylic paint
Courtesy of the Estate of Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing #1113, at Hirshhorn Museum
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1113, Hirshhorn Museum

Sol Lewitt - Wall Drawing #1118
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1118, Whirls, 2004, Crown Center Neighborhood, Kansas City, USA

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 1152
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1152, Whirls and Twirls (Met), April 2005, Acrylic Paint, LeWitt Collection, Chester, Connecticut

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #1183
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1183

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #1183
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1183

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 1185, Graphite, October 2005
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1185, Graphite, October 2005

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 1186
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1186, October 2005, Graphite, Collection of Alessandro Maccaferri

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 1238, Whirls and Twirls, 2007
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1238, Whirls and Twirls, 2007, John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 1238, Whirls and Twirls, 2007
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1238, Whirls and Twirls (detail), 2007, John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 1256
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1256, United States Embassy in Berlin, Germany, February 2008, Acrylic paint, 457x914cm

Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing 1261
Sol LeWitt – Wall Drawing #1261, July 2008, Graphite
Courtesy of the Estate of Sol LeWitt (Designated for Yale University Art Gallery)

 

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