New York

Sol LeWitt, Münster Pyramid, 1987, white painted concrete block, 13’4” x 13’8” x 13’8”.

Sol LeWitt, Münster Pyramid, 1987, white painted concrete block, 13’4” x 13’8” x 13’8”.

New York

“Sol LeWitt: Structures, 1965–2006”

Public Art Fund | Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Josie Robertson Plaza
May 24–December 2, 2011

Curated by Nicholas Baume

We tend to think of Sol LeWitt as a gallery artist, yet he moved beyond the white cube as early as 1968, burying a work in a collector’s backyard. By 1969, he was building large-scale “open” cubes to be exhibited outdoors; in the decades to come, he would develop his “Complex Forms”—strange, pointed shapes suggestive of crystals and icebergs—and his monumental sculptures made of concrete blocks. Redeeming an ordinary building material for art and evoking enormous towers and ziggurats, the block pieces make explicit the artist’s fascination with architecture, catalyzed during an early stint as a draftsman for I. M. Pei. This exhibition of some twenty-five works spanning LeWitt’s career is the brainchild of Public Art Fund’s Nicholas Baume, whose 2001 installation of the artist’s “Incomplete Open Cubes” at Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum reimagined how LeWitt’s work could be exhibited and seen. Expect no less in City Hall Park.