Sol LeWitt at MassMoCA – stripes and shine


MassMoCA - modern art boldly displayed within a complex of 19th century industrial buildings nestled in the hills of Massachusetts

 

Enjoyed a day alone with Robertson on Saturday - with the highlight being the Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective exhibit at MassMoCA, the impressive modern art museum in North Adams, Massachusetts.


LeWitt's wall drawings are presented on over an acre of specially built walls spanning 3 floors - per the artist's specs

 

Fans of Sol LeWitt’s bold, graphic art, we were looking forward to experiencing the immense Wall Drawings Retrospective, conceived by Yale University Art Gallery in collaboration with LeWitt before his death in April 2007. This site-specific recreation of the 105 large-scale wall drawings, took nearly six months of intensive drafting and painting by a team of sixty-five artists and art students.


Sol LeWitt's instructions allowed artists to recreate his work at MassMoCA

 

Following a complex set of rules laid out by LeWitt, the artists were able to painstakingly recreate his masterpieces within this spectacular industrial space, documenting his diverse career from 1967 – 2007. The notion that art is scalable or can be reproduced to fit different venues is so exciting to witness. Would be fun to apply the same concept to our wallpaper – playing with location specific pattern scale for each client.


I love stripes.

 

This exhibit really resonated with us, as we have always been fascinated with walls as a canvas and exploring how wall graphics could transform a space. I was most thrilled by the Late Career pieces that featured a tone on tone black high gloss mirror finish juxtaposed with the same black color in flat matte. I love gloss/matte combinations of all kinds – interior paint, wallpapers, art, fashion. But, this was sheer heaven. The intensely glossy surface reflected back all of the works around the room in a blurry wondrous shine.


Wall Drawing #822 from 1997 - flat black and glossy black acrylic paint