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Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective

A collaboration between Yale University Art Gallery, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art
#1112 View Timelapse / Photo: Kevin Kennefick
Info

Wall Drawing 1112

Square with broken bands of color.
December 2003
Acrylic paint
LeWitt Collection, Chester, Connecticut

First Installation

Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago

First Drawn By

Juozas Cernius, Vincent Como, Sandra Dillon, John Hogan, Josh Mills

MASS MoCA Building 7
Third Floor

Square with broken bands of color is an example of the exuberant wall drawings that Sol LeWitt created in the late 1990s and early 2000s using acrylic paint. Many of the works from this time are seen as explorations of the optical effects of color and pattern. The form and appearance of the work are dictated by certain guidelines which are determined by the artist; no colored band, for example, may touch another band of the same color. LeWitt also applied these guidelines to other forms, including Circle with broken bands of color and Whirls and Twirls.

Backstory

Like many of LeWitt’s wall drawings which use acrylic paint, Wall Drawing 1112 includes all the primary and secondary colors: red, yellow, blue, and green, orange, and purple. Previously, when using colored pencil, crayon, or ink, LeWitt only used the three primary colors and gray or black. He often layered these hues to create secondary colors. The use of the secondary acrylic colors evolved from this earlier layering process.

   
 
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