Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective
A collaboration between Yale University Art Gallery, MASS MoCA, and the Williams College Museum of Art
Wall Drawing 552D
Tilted forms with color ink washes superimposed.
Color ink wash
Courtesy of the Estate of Sol LeWitt
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
First Drawn By
David Higginbotham, Linda Taylor, Jo Watanabe
MASS MoCA Building 7
Wall Drawing 552D is a part of the body of wall drawings presenting a figure the artist described as “not quite a cube.” Despite their volumetric appearance, these forms adhere as much to the idea of flatness as Sol LeWitt’s linear geometries. The 8” black border around this drawing in particular recalls the boundaries of the artist’s oft-used grid format, only here the frame frustrates rather than facilitates perception of its contents. Interrupting the uppermost surface of the tilted solid, the border counteracts the sensation of illusionistic space and, consequently, accentuates the wall’s flatness.
Critics have made reference to early fresco painters as an inspiration for LeWitt’s use of color. Much like how LeWitt employs isometric projection, his recalls an older color sensibility while inflecting it with his signature system of superimposing—rather than mixing—pigments.