Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt has been well known since the 1960s for his sculpture, graphics, and wall drawings. An example of his cubic, modular sculpture is installed on the Walker’s roof terrace, and his Four Geometric Figures in a Room can be seen on the walls of the museum’s Garden Terrace Room. Concepts or ideas are the basic materials of LeWitt’s art, which often exists as a set of detailed instructions. As with a musical score or architectural blueprint, the realization of the final work is relegated to others. LeWitt uses the most neutral of materials—here, commercial cinder blocks—and rigorously deploys them in basic geometric configurations. Both the materials and forms he uses intentionally lack any expressive qualities in themselves. They are rather like “grammatical devices” in language, which take on significance only through their combination with one another in actual use. Like David Nash’s Standing Frame, LeWitt’s X with Columns provides frames through which views of the surrounding landscape are visible.
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