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Pencil Lines in Four Directions and All Their Combinations on Black Squares (Wall Drawing #1122)
2004 - carand’ashe

The Gori Collection, courtesy of the LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT

In his 1969 text "Sentences on Conceptual Art", fundamental for the development of Minimal Art, Sol LeWitt wrote, "the process is mechanical and should not be tampered with. It should run its course". Indeed visitors walking though the ten rooms of Casapeppe find themselves following the logic of LeWitt's project titled "Pencil Lines in Four Directions and All Their Combinations on Black Squares". The large black backgrounds (300x300 cm) painted directly on the walls, serve as supports for thin graphite lines traced right to left, up and down, as well as diagonally so that they form small rhombi and squares. The fifteen works presented reconfirm the artist's constant investigation aimed at visualizing all the possible variations offered by each individual project.

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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