Wall Drawing # 1168, Curved Color Bands, 2005

Sol LeWitt

Wall drawing, mural work
13 x 23 m

© 2020, ProLitteris, Zurich

Image copyright Stefan Altenburger

Anyone who understands the work of art owns it.

Vast thick bands of bright, vibrant colours − yellow, red, purple, green, orange and blue sweep, swirl and undulate in gracious, serpentine lines from ceiling to floor across the large wall of the entrance hall of our Armonk office. This has a powerful visual presence for anyone passing through the foyer.

The wall drawing was made after his death, using a set of instructions (a central aspect of his oeuvre). His work has often used the elements of simple forms − the square, the cube, the line − to produce what he called "logical systems". Despite these seemingly rigorous parameters, LeWitt always enjoyed the fact that his instructions to be followed by those making such wall drawings always allowed for personal interpretations, the result being, as he noted, "different people make different work."

LeWitt liked how the art became part of the architecture, and through this, more accessible to those who see it and, in a sense, are part of it. As LeWitt said: "Anyone who understands the work of art owns it."

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