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Wall Drawing 85

  • Sol LeWitt

  • Sol LeWitt

A wall is divided into four horizontal parts. In the top row are four equal divisions, each with lines in a different direction. In the second row, six double combinations; in the third row, four triple combinations; in the bottom row, all four combinations superimposed.

June 1971

Colored pencil

LeWitt Collection, Chester, Connecticut

First Installation
LeWitt residence, New York

First Drawn By
Sol LeWitt

MASS MoCA Building 7
Ground Floor

Sol LeWitt’’s early wall drawings, which feature lines going in the four basic directions, embody his interest in systematically exhausting all possible combinations of different elements. This process can be seen in Wall Drawing 47 (located nearby at MASS MoCA), in which the artist depicts all fifteen possible combinations of the four basic types of lines. These combinations are drawn in graphite in fifteen vertical panels that divide the wall. Wall Drawing 85 reiterates this process using colored pencil.

The artist’’s understanding of the superimposition of color came from his knowledge of printmaking and commercial printing. The red, yellow, blue, and black pencil that he uses to draw the four basic types of lines mimic the ink colors that commercial printers use. By layering these four basic colors, as is done in printing, LeWitt produces secondary colors.