Wall Drawing 590A

Wall Drawing 590A


Sol LeWitt

(American, 1928-2007)

Color ink wash

Overall: 543.6 x 1240.8 cm (214 x 488 1/2 in.)

Gift of the LeWitt Family in honor of Agnes Gund 2012.66

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From the 1980s onward a variety of simple geometric shapes emerge as autonomous motifs in Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings. By 1982 he had transformed planar figures into three-dimensional objects, playfully experimenting with repetition and the opposition between the two-dimensional plane and the drawn perspective. That same year he started to use ink washes for his wall drawings. LeWitt once said, "I would like to produce something I would not be ashamed to show Giotto." This statement clearly resounds in the luminosity and sensuality of surface of Wall Drawing #590A.

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