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Wall Project, Chicago, Illinois

Wall Project, Chicago, Illinois

Artist: Sol LeWitt (American, 1928 - 2007)
Date: 1983
Medium: painted wood relief
Dimensions:
24 1/8 x 18 1/8 x 2 3/16 in. (61.3 x 46 x 5.6 cm)
Classification: Maquette
Credit Line: Gift of Jonathan Abrams and Fay Pfaelzer Abrams, 2012
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2012.28.2
Description
Sol LeWitt has often been called “the father of conceptual art.” His oft-quoted statement “In conceptual art, the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work… the execution is a perfunctory affair” has become this movement’s credo. Throughout his career, which began in the 1960s, LeWitt explored the most basic elements of form, color, line, and art making itself. He, along with many of his contemporaries, introduced an intellectual approach to art in contrast to Abstract Expressionism, which had dominated American art in the postwar era. Most importantly, his notion of the primacy of the idea profoundly altered not only art making, but the art market, art criticism, and art discourse ever since. This maquette was created in an edition to help fund a wall project in Chicago that was completed in 1985.
Not on view