Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective
A collaboration between Yale University Art Gallery, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art
Wall Drawing 1171
Five degrees of scribbles: A cube without a cube; A cube without a corner.
Collection of Arne and Milly Glimcher
Glimcher Residence, East Hampton, New York
First Drawn By
Anthony Sansotta, Roland Lusk
MASS MoCA Building 7
In the early 1980s, Sol LeWitt began to play with isometric drafting methods, in which a three-dimensional object is represented perspectivally in a two-dimensional drawing. Wall Drawing 1171 depicts two variations of the cube – the “cube without a cube” and the “cube without a corner.”
First executed in August 2005, Wall Drawing 1171 is part of a series of “scribbled” wall drawings that LeWitt began that year. In this series, LeWitt returns to graphite, the medium of his early wall drawings, and abandons color, which had been a primary aspect of his work since the 1980s. The loose, irregular scribbles in five degrees of density are encaged in the rigid, geometric cubes, striking a balance between chaos and control. The illusionism here is complicated – the isometric perspective does not use vanishing points, so there is no recession of space. Thus, LeWitt is able to show volume without contradicting the flatness of the wall.