Gallerynote 4/2001

May 22 to September 22, 2001

SOL LEWITT, Wall Drawing – Structure – Gouaches
Sol LeWitt, born 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Annemarie Verna Gallery are linked by an ongoing collaboration of many years. In 1975, the gallery hosted the first solo exhibition of works by the American artist, born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut. Many subsequent solo presentations were to follow, representing diverse spheres of artistic work: wall drawings, structures, works on paper.

The years between 1969 and 1973 saw the publication of important theoretical texts by Sol LeWitt. Short, succinct statements made clear he was able to reformulate the principles and conditions of artistic activity. The impact and influence of 'Sentences on Conceptual Art' from 1969, for instance, can hardly be overestimated. The artist was seen as the representative of a rigorous new method, the work often interpreted as strict and reductionistic. His 1978 retrospective in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, shows the work in another light. The radical method produced art of captivating visual richness.

A comprehensive show of works exhibited from February 2000 to February 2001 in San Francisco, Chicago and New York celebrated an exceptional life’s work: An art that understands itself as a generous consolidation, committed to its independence and autonomy. The works, families of works, groups of works complement and complete each other time and again to form a whole, always capable of expanding its boundaries.

A 'Wall Drawing', executed for the first time in Zurich, provides the primary accent in the exhibition, which is on view in the gallery through September. The continuity in the artist’s works is demonstrated by a new, three-dimensional piece, the filigree ‘Structure’ offering diverse insights and perspectives. The gouaches created this year show how important work in the studio has always remained for Sol LeWitt.


From June 13 to 18, the Art 32 Basel will be taking place. Our gallery shall once again be located on the ground floor in Hall 2.0, Stand K5. In the sector Art Unlimited, we will be presenting 'Arena Seating' and 'Stairs Gentle' by Rita McBride in conjunction with Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, and Alexander and Bonin, New York.

At our stand, you will be able to see works from the following artists:
James Bishop, Andreas Christen, Joseph Egan, Dan Flavin, Richard Francisco, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Rita McBride, Mario Merz, Ree Morton, Giulio Paolini, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, David Rabinowitch, Glen Rubsamen, Fred Sandback, Richard Tuttle, Robert Wilson, Jerry Zeniuk.