Sol on the Wall - Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective
By The Daily Gazette
MASS MoCA, the nation’s largest contemporary art space, is getting even bigger. On Sunday, Nov. 16, the museum known for its art experiments will unwrap an extraordinary art experience — one mile of wall space covered with 100 geometric drawings by the late Sol LeWitt, a founder of conceptual and minimalist art. Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective is housed in Building No. 7, a 27,000-square-foot space that was renovated especially for the exhibit and is opening to the public for the first time. The LeWitt installation, which will inhabit Building No. 7 for 25 years, expands the MASS MoCA galleries by 25 percent.
Wall Drawing 1152 — Whirls and Twirls from 2005 by Sol LeWitt is one of 100 LeWitt drawings that make up “Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective” on three floors of Building No. 7 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. The unveiling of the exhibit, which takes up over a mile of wall space, is next Sunday.
Viewers are immersed in a maze of geometric artworks. At left: Wall Drawing 413 — Drawing Series IV (A) with color ink washes from 1984; Center (partial view): Wall Drawing 681C from 1993; At right: Wall Drawing 414 from 1984.
Wall Drawing 610 — Isometric figure with color ink washes superimposed from 1989.
At left, Wall Drawing 1261 — Scribbles, from 2008 and right, Wall Drawing 1186 — Scribbles: Inverted curve from 2005.
Far right: Wall Drawing 614 - Rectangles formed by three-inch wide India ink bands, meeting at right angles, from 1989; Left: Wall Drawing 631 with diagonal stripes in India ink from 1990; Center: Wall Drawing 630 with horizontal and vertical stripes in India ink from 1990.
Wall Drawing 692 - Continuous forms with color ink washes superimposed from 1991.
Wall Drawing 915 — Arcs, circle and irregular bands was created this summer by a crew of artists and interns.
“Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospecitve” is the largest LeWitt exhibit ever mounted. At left is Wall Drawing 413 — Drawing Series IV (A) with color ink washes from 1984. At right is Wall Drawing 340. Viewers that get up close to a drawing will see the textures of crayon, graphite and paint.