Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective
A collaboration between Yale University Art Gallery, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art
Wall Drawing 1046
Bars of color (La Coruña).
Courtesy of the Estate of Sol LeWitt
Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, La Coruña, Spain
First Drawn By
German Tajes Camiño, Sachiko Cho, Jose Ramon Fraga, Jose Carlos Soliño, Manuel Gracia Solana, Constantino Diaz Vazquez, Jose Luis Vazquez, Jo Watanabe
MASS MoCA Building 7
The crisscrossing bars of color in Wall Drawing 1046 produce a sense of movement and the illusion of transformed architectural space. The drawing is one of many created by Sol LeWitt in the first few years of the 21st century which depict geometric configurations composed of colored bars. In Wall Drawing 1046, the bars cross through the picture plane at various angles, creating an extremely exuberant composition. The bars are drawn using isometric perspective, giving them a sense of volume, which, in combination with the vibrant color palette, makes them appear to pop out from the wall.
At MASS MoCA, Wall Drawing 1046, which has a yellow and red background, is installed near several contemporaneous drawings, including Wall Drawing 1042, which features a red, orange, green and purple isometric open cube structure painted on a blue background. This placement highlights the dominance of the primary colors, which have constituted the core of LeWitt’s palette throughout his career.