Exhibitions - Annemarie Verna Gallery
 

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

May 15 to July 4, 2015

Wall Drawing 1180, 2005
10,000 black straight lines and 10,000 black not straight lines within a four-meter circle.
Installed in April 2015 by Nicolai Angelov.

“Arcs and Lines”, the 51 drawings by Sol LeWitt presented in the correct arrangement and sequence, required all the available wall space in the small gallery on Mühlegasse 27. The opening of the exhibition on October 16, 1975, was a major and important event for us and the history of the gallery. In light of the enduring partnership with Sol LeWitt who came to our opening and remained a close collaborator over a period of decades, this estimation was true and accurate in all respects.

On October 18, 1975, two further openings in Basel gained the attention of art connoisseurs who were able to recognize the potential and innovative power of Sol LeWitt’s work. Rolf Preisig showed three wall drawings in his gallery on Rheinfelderstrasse and the Kunsthalle presented the artist’s graphic oeuvre and the “Incomplete Open Cubes”.
On this occasion, we joined with Rolf Preisig and Marilena Bonomo to publish the artist book “Lines & Color”, which was printed in Zurich. This references another concern of LeWitt’s, one that preoccupied him throughout his life: the artist book, as he understood it, is a piece of art in the form of book or booklet, simply produced and affordably priced.

A skeptical review in the Zurich press stands out in memory. Sol LeWitt’s showing at the Kunsthalle in Basel was critically assessed, but the exhibitions of the two galleries only received peripheral mention. The manner with which American artists, in particular, had been conceiving of a renewal of art over the preceding years was not met with much understanding. Only a limited number of enthusiasts saw these works and ideas as representing a new and valid conception. The involvement of two young galleries was regarded as a concerted effort to locally establish an artist’s career.

The reviewer must have been unaware of an aspect of the Sol LeWitt ‘system’ that was of tremendous importance to us newcomers. The art of Sol LeWitt was much more than the work of a single self-empowered actor, the artist. The goal and intention of the artistic work was by no means the pure accumulation and dissemination of artifacts, subjugated by the art market into a vertically aligned scale of significance and price. The corresponding interest in art could also be described as a form of behavior, initiated and represented by the artist and also shared with him. The exclusivity of the art system and the artwork was to be undermined by way of greater inclusion.

Sol LeWitt liked it when a multiplicity of participants validated his work in different roles, when they profited from it in their respectively entitled ways. Time and again, we were able to count on his loyalty, support and even his benevolence, freely given as a matter of course. His whole life long, he managed to elude the art world’s pretensions to power and the schematic tendencies of art criticism.

The point of departure and focus of the Sol LeWitt ‘system’ was always Sol LeWitt. The studio was the site of intensive and concentrated activity. It took almost daily manual work to trigger the changes that preserved the tension and vitality for the intended dissemination of the work and allowed the family of concepts and inventions to take shape and develop.

Since 1975 we have presented fourteen solo exhibitions at four different gallery addresses. A total of seven Wall Drawings were installed in our respective premises. A Wall Drawing from 1987 (installed in 2013) and one from 2005 (installed in 2015) are currently on display on Neptunstrasse.

The fact that we have been able to arrange the installation of so many Wall Drawings over the years (Sol LeWitt always insisted on using this term) that are on permanent display at their particular locations is especially gratifying and meaningful. We were also frequently able to provide assistance and support for Sol LeWitt exhibitions in public institutions, which were unfailingly well received.

The year 1977 saw the production of a major three-dimensional work by Sol LeWitt, “Cubes with Hidden Cubes”, which we instigated and oversaw on behalf of the artist. The high-quality metalworking company of Rudolf Lehni in Dübendorf near Zurich handled the execution. The large-scale piece took up all the entire space of our exhibition stand at Art Basel the same year. Then in 1978, this major work was loaned by the FER Collection for the retrospective on the artist at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

In the following years, Sol LeWitt frequently counted on our cooperation for the production of individual pieces or entire groups of works. The master carpenter Peter Giger in Gontenschwil manufactured structures and “Complex Form” pieces. Kazuko Miyamoto in Manhattan constructed multi-part, large-format works that were entrusted to our gallery by Sol LeWitt. Today the “Four Tower Structure” from 2007 is part of the collection of Kunstmuseum Basel as an acquisition with funds of the Petzold Müller Foundation.

We have also served as the publisher of numerous editions of prints. “Complex Forms” from 1990 is worth special mention in this regard, published in a small-scale edition as a portfolio and in book form as a foldout booklet in collaboration with Brooke Alexander, New York.

Installation views

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 1

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 1

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 2

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 2

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 2

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 2

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 3

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 2

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 3

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view office room

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view office room

Sol LeWitt / 40 years at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Part I

Installation view office room

Works

Sol LeWitt / Working Drawing for Concrete Block Structure (Swiss Re)  2000  61.2 x 63.5 cm pencil on checkered paper

Working Drawing for
Concrete Block Structure (Swiss Re)

2000
61.2 x 63.5 cm
pencil on checkered paper

Sol LeWitt / Working Drawing for Concrete Block Structure (Swiss Re)  2000  29.7 x 21 cm ink on paper

Working Drawing for
Concrete Block Structure (Swiss Re)
2000
29.7 x 21 cm
ink on paper

Sol LeWitt / Complex Forms  1990  Artist Book with five folded silkscreens each: 35.6 x 142.6 cm Edition of 15

Complex Forms
1990
Artist Book with five folded silkscreens
each: 35.6 x 142.6 cm
Edition of 15

Sol LeWitt / Tilted Form with color ink washes superimposed  1987  Wall Drawing #524 water based acrylic Drawn by Nicolai Angelov, 2013

Tilted Form with color ink washes superimposed
1987
Wall Drawing #524
water based acrylic

Drawn by Nicolai Angelov, 2013

Sol LeWitt / Wavy Brushstrokes  1996  76.2 x 55.9 cm   gouache on paper

Wavy Brushstrokes
1996
76.2 x 55.9 cm 
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Wavy Brushstrokes  1996  76.2 x 55.9 cm   gouache on paper

Wavy Brushstrokes
1996
76.2 x 55.9 cm 
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Wavy Brushstrokes  1996  76.2 x 55.9 cm   gouache on paper

Wavy Brushstrokes
1996
76.2 x 55.9 cm 
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Wavy Brushstrokes  1996  76.2 x 55.9 cm   gouache on paper

Wavy Brushstrokes
1996
76.2 x 55.9 cm  
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Irregular Form  1999  55.9 x 76.2 cm   gouache on paper

Irregular Form
1999
55.9 x 76.2 cm 
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Diptych with Irregular Forms on Two Different Colors  1997  114.3 x 76.2 cm   gouache on paper

Diptych with Irregular Forms on Two Different Colors
1997
114.3 x 76.2 cm 
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Diptych with Irregular Forms on Two Different Colors  1997  114.3 x 76.2 cm   gouache on paper

Diptych with Irregular Forms on Two Different Colors
1997
114.3 x 76.2 cm 
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Horizontal Brushstrokes (More Or Less)  2002  57 x 56.6 cm Gouache on paper

Horizontal Brushstrokes (More Or Less)
2002
57 x 56.6 cm
Gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Irregular Grid  2001  75 x 57.6 cm   gouache on paper

Irregular Grid
2001
75 x 57.6 cm 
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Irregular Grid  2001  75 x 57.6 cm   gouache on paper

Irregular Grid
2001
75 x 57.6 cm 
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Squiggly Brushstrokes  1997  76.2 x 57.2 cm   gouache on paper / black and white

Squiggly Brushstrokes
1997
76.2 x 57.2 cm 
gouache on paper / black and white

Sol LeWitt / Squiggly Brushstrokes  1997  76 x 56 cm   gouache on paper

Squiggly Brushstrokes
1997
76 x 56 cm 
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Irregular Shape  1997  55.9 x 55.9 cm   gouache on paper

Irregular Shape
1997
55.9 x 55.9 cm 
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Irregular Shape  1997  55.9 x 55.9 cm   gouache on paper

Irregular Shape
1997
55.9 x 55.9 cm 
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Irregular Shape  1997  55.9 x 55.9 cm   gouache on paper

Irregular Shape
1997
55.9 x 55.9 cm 
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / 10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle  2005  black marker Drawn by Nicolai Angelov, 2015

10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle
2005
black marker

Drawn by Nicolai Angelov, 2015

Sol LeWitt / 10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle  2005  black marker (detail) Drawn by Nicolai Angelov

10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle
2005
black marker

(detail)

Drawn by Nicolai Angelov

Sol LeWitt / 10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle  2005  black marker (detail) Drawn by Nicolai Angelov

10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle
2005
black marker

(detail)

Drawn by Nicolai Angelov

Sol LeWitt / 10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle  2005  black marker (detail) Drawn by Nicolai Angelov

10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle
2005
black marker

(detail)

Drawn by Nicolai Angelov

Sol LeWitt / 10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle  2005  black marker (detail) Drawn by Nicolai Angelov

10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle
2005
black marker

(detail)

Drawn by Nicolai Angelov

Sol LeWitt / 10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle  2005  black marker (detail) Drawn by Nicolai Angelov

10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle
2005
black marker

(detail)

Drawn by Nicolai Angelov

Sol LeWitt / 10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle  2005  black marker (detail) Drawn by Nicolai Angelov

10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle
2005
black marker

(detail)

Drawn by Nicolai Angelov