Exhibitions - Annemarie Verna Gallery
 

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

February 22 to April 8, 2017

Our exhibition presents working drawings, photographs and archival material – documents of a collaboration that lasted for four decades. See all images of this exhibition in the lightbox.

The focus is on Wall Drawings, the Structures and the Concrete Block Structures. On Friday, March 10, and Friday, April 7, gallery talks will be held in the exhibition space at 7:30pm.

A Wall Drawing from 1987 (installed by Nicolai Angelov in 2013) and a Wall Drawing from 2005 (drawn by Nicolai Angelov in 2015) have their place in the two large rooms on Neptunstrasse until the end of our exhibition. The specious present and the direct perception of the Wall Drawings at this location and with this location have thus given cause to impressive and extensive artistic experiences over a longer period of time.

The work form of the Wall Drawings, initiated by Sol LeWitt in 1968, was taken up by contemporary artistic practice as a substantial innovation and expansion. With his concise texts “Wall Drawings”, published in 1970 in Arts Magazine, and “Doing Wall Drawings”, appearing in 1971 in Art Now, the artist formulated a precise delineation of his invention vis-à-vis traditional conventions. These ‘rules’ facilitated readability and autonomy, while simultaneously offering an open and unmarked field for the artistic work of subsequent generations.

In the oeuvre of Sol LeWitt, the comprehensive group of the Wall Drawings is of central importance and relevance. It is an unmistakable hallmark of the work of LeWitt that an initial clarification of the conditions has the potential to serve as the starting point and stimulus for a virtually unlimited wealth of possibilities, ideas, discoveries and visual sensations. Reduction and comprehensibility open up a vast and almost incomprehensible diversity.

The text ‘Place’ (Basho 1926) by the Japanese philosopher Kitaro Nishida (1870–1945) contains the following sentences: “It is in the place of experience that the oppositional relationship of form and matter comes to be established. Thus, that which infinitely reflects itself in itself; that which itself is nothingness but contains infinite being, is the true Self in which the so-called subject-object is established.”

In the case of the Wall Drawings by Sol LeWitt, the place is an important yet contradictory value and condition. On one hand, LeWitt never conceived the Wall Drawings for a particular place. The body of these works exists independently of the concrete location of the individual work. The latter is defined by a diagram and certificate – a notation or score – which enables an unlimited duration.

Nevertheless, it was the desire and intention of the artist for the Wall Drawings to be executed, or in fact performed, by competent assistants on either a temporary or permanent basis in a real, given architectural place. Only by appropriating dimension, acoustics and quality of the architectural housing is the artistic ambition satisfied.

This flexible notion of the place of art is an innovative idea that brings many challenges, impulses and scarcely foreseeable consequences in connection with the actual existence and duration of the work. The many possibilities of such a place that come into question so that the museum or gallery room, the public, semi-public and private space, can function as an offering indicates the significant role accorded to the viewer and his physical presence. An approximation of Nishida's concept of the place of experience.

Installation views

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view room 4

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view office room

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view room 1

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view room 1

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view room 2

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view room 2

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view room 2

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view room 3

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view room 3

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view room 3

Sol LeWitt / (1928–2007) Working Drawings and Archival Material

Installation view room 4

Works

Sol LeWitt / Bands of Lines in Different Directions  1996  50.8 x 210.8 cm color aquatint Ed. 24/36

Bands of Lines in Different Directions
1996
50.8 x 210.8 cm
color aquatint
Ed. 24/36

Sol LeWitt / The location of six geometric figures  1975 60.5 x 60.5 cm etching Ed. 14/25

The location of six geometric figures
1975
60.5 x 60.5 cm
etching
Ed. 14/25

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

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

Drawn by:
Nicolai Angelov, 2013

Photo:
Thomas Cugini, Zürich

Sol LeWitt / Horizontal Bands (More or Less)  2002  154 x 147 cm gouache on paper

Horizontal Bands (More or Less)
2002
154 x 147 cm
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Horizontal Bands (More or Less)  2002  154 x 147 cm gouache on paper

Horizontal Bands (More or Less)
2002
154 x 147 cm
gouache on paper

Sol LeWitt / Working Drawing Butler Gallery Kilkenny Castle, Ireland  n.d. 21 x 29.7 cm ink and pencil on checkered paper

Working Drawing Butler Gallery
Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

n.d.
21 x 29.7 cm
ink and pencil on checkered paper

Sol LeWitt / Working Drawing for Wall Drawing  n.d.   20.3 x 25.5 cm pencil and ink on paper

Working Drawing for Wall Drawing
n.d. 
20.3 x 25.5 cm
pencil and ink on paper

Sol LeWitt / Working Drawing  n.d. 40.5 x 76 cm pencil on paper

Working Drawing
n.d.
40.5 x 76 cm
pencil on paper

Sol LeWitt / Working Drawing Whitney Museum  2000  39.2 x 134.5 cm pencil and ink on paper

Working Drawing Whitney Museum
2000
39.2 x 134.5 cm
pencil and ink on paper

Sol LeWitt / Working Drawing for Nongeometric Form  2003  45.7 x 54.7 cm ink on paper

Working Drawing for Nongeometric Form
2003
45.7 x 54.7 cm
ink on paper

Sol LeWitt / Working Drawing Beyeler  2001  45.8 x 158.5 cm ink and pencil on paper

Working Drawing Beyeler
2001
45.8 x 158.5 cm
ink and pencil on paper

Sol LeWitt / Working Drawing Princeton  2004  45.8 x 101.5 cm pencil on paper

Working Drawing Princeton
2004
45.8 x 101.5 cm
pencil on paper

Sol LeWitt / Working Drawing Ferragamo  2004  29.7 x 42 cm pencil on paper

Working Drawing Ferragamo
2004
29.7 x 42 cm
pencil on paper

Sol LeWitt / Working Drawing for Open Geometric Structure  1996  28 x 21.7 cm ink on paper

Working Drawing for Open Geometric Structure
1996
28 x 21.7 cm
ink on paper

Sol LeWitt / Working Drawing for Concrete Block Structure  n.d. 42 x 29.6 cm pencil on paper

Working Drawing for Concrete Block Structure
n.d.
42 x 29.6 cm
pencil on paper

Sol LeWitt / Working Drawing for Concrete Block Structure  1996  33.4 x 61 cm ink on paper

Working Drawing for Concrete Block Structure
1996
33.4 x 61 cm
ink on 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 / 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 (Tschudi)  2000  25.9 x 90.8 cm pencil on checkered paper

Working Drawing for Concrete Block Structure (Tschudi)
2000
25.9 x 90.8 cm
pencil on checkered paper

Sol LeWitt / Wall Drawing #1180  2005 10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle   black marker Drawn by: Nicolai Angelov, 2015 Photo by: Thomas Cugini, Zürich

Wall Drawing #1180
2005
10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle
black marker

Drawn by:
Nicolai Angelov, 2015

Photo by:
Thomas Cugini, Zürich

Sol LeWitt / Wall Drawing #1180  2005 10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle   black marker Drawn by: Nicolai Angelov, 2015

Wall Drawing #1180
2005
10’000 straight and 10’000 not straight lines within a four-meter circle
black marker

Drawn by:
Nicolai Angelov, 2015

Sol LeWitt / Horizontal Lines, Black on Colors  2005  152.4 x 153.7 cm gouache on paper

Horizontal Lines, Black on Colors
2005
152.4 x 153.7 cm
gouache on paper