Saturday, March 24, 2012

Exposition Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawings from 1968 to 2007

 Sol LeWitt The Centre Pompidou-Metz is organizing a major project around the American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007). In the 13,000 square feet of Galerie 2, the Centre Pompidou-Metz is hosting a retrospective of Sol LeWitt's wall drawings on a scale never seen before in Europe. The selected thirty-three wall drawings, the largest group ever exhibited in Europe, span the artist's career from its beginnings to his final works. Chosen from the 1,200 wall drawings which LeWitt created between 1968 and 2007, they reflect both the extraordinary consistency of his systematic explorations - with rigorous sets and combinations of geometric elements - and the remarkable diversity of his practice, both in the evolution of forms from simple geometric figures to what the artist called "complex" or "continuous" forms, and of the materials used (from pencil and crayon to ink washes, acrylic paint and graphite). Through a remarkable partnership with local schools of art and architecture, the execution of these wall drawings at the Centre Pompidou-Metz fully conveys the spirit of collaboration and generosity advocated by the artist. In partnership with the Centre Pompidou-Metz, and as a chromatic counterpart to this retrospective of wall drawings in black and white, M-Museum in Leuven (Belgium) will show, from June 21, twenty wall drawings in color. In 2013, the Centre Pompidou-Metz will show Sol LeWitt's personal collection. This second exhibition will reflect LeWitt's extraordinary career not only as a prolific artist but also as an insatiable collector. The LeWitt Collection, built up largely through trades and gifts rather than purchases, contains, alongside a selection of LeWitt's own works, over 4,000 works by other artists. With over 250 works and documents, the presentation at the Centre Pompidou-Metz will be the first major showing of the LeWitt Collection in Europe. Curator: Béatrice Gross, independent curator and art critic, New York ... Sol Le Witt Obituary New York Times

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