Sol LeWitt

Wall Drawing # 1136 (2004)

About this artwork

LeWitt was seminal in establishing the notion of ‘Conceptual art’ during the 1960s. This work is one of a number of highly coloured wall pieces he made in the last years of his life. Described simply as ‘curved and straight coloured bands’, it includes seven vibrant colours to create an overwhelming chromatic environment that envelopes the viewer. Nine weaving bands interrupt vertical lines and add a sense of playfulness. Although this dynamism suggests an element of chance, LeWitt’s works are created according to precise instructions that regulate details such as the sequence of colours and width of bands.

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  • title: Wall Drawing # 1136
  • accession number: AR00165
  • artist: Sol LeWittAmerican (1928 - 2007)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Installation
  • date created: 2004
  • measurements: As installed (dimenions variable)
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2016
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt

LeWitt was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and studied at Syracuse University from 1945-9. In the early 1960s he began to experiment with abstract sculptures in painted wood and to explore the possibilities of using a cube motif. He has stated: “The most interesting characteristic of the cube is that it is relatively uninteresting...Therefore it is the best form to use as a basic unit for any more elaborate function, the grammatical device from which the work may proceed”. This emphasis on mental strategies makes him a forerunner of Conceptual Art. He is also closely associated with Minimalism.