Statement Objects: 7 Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings

June 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

7 Sol Lewitt wall drawings

installed at Magasin 3 Stockholm in 2010:

”Wall Drawing #51”, June 1970
All architectural points connected by straight lines. Blue snap lines.

”Wall Drawing #85”, June 1971
Four color composite/pencil. A wall is divided into four horizontal parts. In the top row are four equal divisions, each with lines in a different direction. In the second row, six double combinations; in the third row, four triple combinations; in the bottom row, all four combinations superimposed.

”Wall Drawing #111”, September 1971
A wall divided vertically into five equal parts, with ten thousand lines in each part: 1st) 6″ (15 cm) long; 2nd) 12″ (30 cm) long; 3rd) 18″ (45 cm) long; 4th) 24″ (60 cm) long; 5th) 30″ (75 cm) long. Pencil.

”Wall Drawing #123”, 1972
Copied lines. The first drafter draws a not straight vertical line as long as possible. The second drafter draws a line next to the first one, trying to copy it. The third drafter does the same, as do as many drafters as possible. Then the first drafter, followed by the others, copies the last line drawn until both ends of the wall are reached. Pencil.

”Wall Drawing #124”, March 1972
Horizontal not straight lines. Each drafter draws one not straight horizontal line from the left side of the wall to the right. The lines should not touch. There are as many lines as drafters; each draws one. Pencil.

”Wall Drawing #422”, November 1984
The room (or wall) is divided vertically into fifteen parts. All one-, two-, three-, and four part combinations of four colors, using color ink washes. Color ink wash.

”Wall Drawing #715”, February 1993
On a black wall, pencil scribbles to maximum density. Pencil.

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From curator Elisabeth Millqvist ‘s notes:

“2-3 assistants have sharpened pencils for a whole day.”

“Wall drawing 715 has the instruction: ”On a black wall, pencil scribbles to maximum density”. The 22 meter black wall is slowly filled. After 3 days Anthony Sansotta from Sol LeWitt’s studio comments:”nice foundation”. It takes four weeks of work before it is finished.”

“INCLUDED ON THE SHOPPING LIST we have had 244 pencil leds (2mm 2B), 12 pencil sharpeners, 20 pencil holders, 18 rolls of tape, paint (Mars Black, Pyrrole Red, Quinacridoe Rose Deep, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Phthalo, Blue Deep), 15 liters of varnish, Indigo Blue chalk pigment (500 g), four 3 meter long wooden rulers, 30 l distilled water, a liquid measure, cloth rags, 3 scaffolds (with wheels), 7 stepladders and a good deal more. LeWitt is a pioneer within Conceptual Art. In 1967 he wrote ”Paragraphs on Conceptual Art” which is counted as the first manifesto of Conceptual Art. Conceptual Art has changed since then, become a field of different trajectories, but his work emphasizes that which is most fundamental – the idea is what’s important. The instructions together with the executed wall drawing constitute the art. In contrast to this the preparations for the execution are very concrete.

ANYONE CAN DO WALL DRAWINGS is what LeWitt thought originally but he changed his mind. Nowadays, after his death, the work is overseen by assistants from his studio who all worked with him at one point. At Magasin 3 the work is headed by Anthony Sansotta, Wim Starkenberg and eventually also John Hogan. It’s been two years since LeWitt died. It remains to be seen how his wall drawings will be produced. LeWitt’s studio would like the white walls to be a bluish white (a cold color) and prescribe the roller size to be used when the walls are painted. I don’t know what LeWitt’s attitude was but he said that ”different kinds of walls makes for different kinds of drawings”. This is far from a free interpretation, not even close to this summer’s staging of Strindberg’s Fröken Julie, where Miss Julie is an already mature women that falls in love with a young African instead of an aristocratic young lady in love with her fathers valet.”

[image: “Wall Drawing #111” as installed at Magasin 3, 2010 – detail]

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