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Wall Drawings 445 & 494
1985 -

The first of the two works, carried out for the walls of the former hayloft, consists of a mural painting that depicts a pyramidal shape in warm, intense colors, recalling the well-known Italian painting tradition, with clear reference to the Tuscan Quattrocento.
After Richard Long's installation, sited on the central part of the floor, LeWitt completed his work in the room. In keeping with his first work, he painted similar pyramidal forms on the east wall, this time using blue-green tones that blend perfectly with the color of Long's installation.
Both mural compositions are interrupted by pre-existing openings in the walls, but this does not affect the paintings' impact. Rather, the artist has involved even the smallest architectural details to render them more fully a part of his work.

Sol Lewitt

Sol LeWitt was born in Hartford (Connecticut) in 1928 and died in Chester in 2007.

Among the many retrospectives devoted to his work we recall here the one held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2000), which later travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

One man shows of recent years include Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy (2000); Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT (2001); Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio (2001); Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusets (2003); The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence (2003); Kunstammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany (2003); Metropolitan Museum & Madison Square Park, New York, 2005; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin OH (2007); Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati (2008).

November 2008 witnessed the inauguration of an ambitious project -- resulting from the synergy between the artist and three important American institutions -- that aims to preserve and present LeWitt's two-dimensional work: an entire building of the Mass MOCA complex in North Adams, Massachussetts will be devoted to a selection of over one hundred wall drawings (1968-2008), which will remain on display for twenty-five years. The project is being carried out in close collaboration with Williams College and with Yale University, which has received the complete Wall Drawings archive, object of the catalogue raisonné now in progress.


In Tuscany LeWitt has carried out permanent projects for the Parco della Padula in Carrara, for the Hemodialysis Center in Pistoia, for the headquarters of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia in Pistoia as well as at the Centro per l'arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato. For Reggio Emilia in 2004 he designed a wall drawing on the ceiling of the municipal library.

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