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1-2-3-2-1
2000 - aluminium

As founder of the American Minimal Art movement, Sol LeWitt was the first to develop a theory based on the use of simplified forms that have the ability to generate almost infinite possibilities. After having created a work for the "Primary Structures" exhibition, made of wood and painted black, the artist went on to create works in white aluminum. The new material made the surface "hard and industrial," while the white deprived the piece of any expressiveness. Self-supported and placed directly on the ground, the sculpture 1-2-3-2-1, shown in front of Casapeppe, is a fine example of the experiments in modularity that LeWitt was conducting in the 1970s in both indoor and outdoor spaces. It is an ideal complement to his structure already present in the Celle park, Cube Without a Cube (1986-88).

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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