February 17, 2018 —
May 26, 2018
Honor Fraser Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works spanning 1966 through 2000 by Sol LeWitt.
Over his long career of nearly 50 years, Sol LeWitt made seminal contributions to the ongoing dialogue of Art. Alongside Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, and Robert Morris, LeWitt pushed the New York art scene beyond Modernism and into Conceptual Art. His work was included in seminal international exhibitions like Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum in New York (1966), Documenta IV in Kassel, Germany (1968), and When Attitudes Become Form at Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland (1969). Beyond his explorations on paper, in three-dimensions, and on the wall of the infinite possibilities of geometric forms and the line, his seminal writings Paragraphs on Conceptual Art (1967) and Sentences on Conceptual Art (1969) are required reading for students of Art and Art history.
This exhibition of sculptures and works on paper made between 1966 and 2000 by Sol LeWitt illustrate the varied ways in which he explored the cube as a unit. In Serial Project ABCD 5 (1968), the earliest work presented in the show, LeWitt diagrammed a square platform with gaffers tape and built smaller squares upwards, demonstrating how each square can ostensibly be divided into many repeated forms to almost the molecular level. This simultaneous progression and breaking down can be seen in each of LeWitt's works and his experiments with shifts in scale from one work to another allow for a dynamic experience when seen together.
Sol LeWitt (Hartford, CT, 1928–New York, 2007) received a BFA from Syracuse University, NY. He has had numerous one-person exhibitions since first showing at John Daniels Gallery, New York in 1965. Major monographic and retrospectives exhibitions were organized by the Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2012); the Public Art Fund (2011); Walker Art Center (2010); Dia:Beacon (2011, 2006, 2005); Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT (2010, 2001, 1981, 1976); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA (2008); Williams College, Williamstown, MA (2008); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008, 1996); the San Francisco Museum of Art (2000, 1974); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2000); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2000); Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (1996, 1984); the Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom (1986); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (1984); Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (1975); Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburg, Scotland (1974); New York Cultural Center, New York (1974); and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (1972).
His work can be found in many public collections including Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Dia:Beacon, NY; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Collection, London, United Kingdom; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.