Thursday, 26 January 2012

Sol Le Witt, new Pace Gallery, Soho ,London

Sol Le Witt, 'Wall Drawing 343,
The new Pace Gallery in London's, that opened its doors in late 2011 has created an installation of an iconic Sol Le Witt wall drawing. The work, 'Wall Drawing 343', was first completed in 1980 and has been installed in private/public collections worldwide, including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA). It will remain on permanent view at Pace London's Soho office. Abstraktion likes the Pace Gallery for its strong unending quality exhibitions of good modernists abstraction and hope its new UK gallery will continue this position..
For many Sol Le Witt isn't their 'cup of tea', for many he trivialized abstraction by breaking it down to just a formula. But we should look again at his contribution to the genre, as the Press Text states: 'he helped revolutionize the definition of art in the 1960s with his famous notion that "the idea becomes a machine that makes the art" ("Paragraphs on Conceptual Art," Artforum, 1967). Regarded as one of the leading proponents of Minimalism and Conceptual art, LeWitt achieved a major breakthrough in 1968 when he began executing large-scale drawings directly on the wall, using predetermined line-making procedures and materials normally associated with drawing or commercial art techniques. Working directly on the surface of a wall allowed LeWitt to achieve his objective of reinforcing flatness and making a work as two-dimensional as possible.'
Richard Wright, 'The Stairwell Project', 2010, Acrylic on wall, Dimensions variable
Permanent commission, Dean Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
But I believe his work is still very relvant for the 21st Century, consider the work of Richard Wright at Gagosion Gallery who won the Turner Prize in the UK..see our post on him here back in 2009.

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