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Sol LeWitt

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Sol LeWitt’s exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art is a retrospective that never calls itself one. It brings together works from 1962 to 1978 in an installation which, as good silent partner, doesn’t detract from the art on view.

It makes clear, for example, the absence of a linear development in LeWitt’s work at least after 1965, which I find refreshing. Ideas were picked up, dropped, works made, destroyed, made again at a later date; it is impossible to draw the deterministic line, to say it all went like this.

We’re faced with ideas for art and the forms they were given, in some cases, 13 years after their inception. How do they appear? They seem remarkably visual for works many have held for nonvisual, more often the form, the visualization, than the idea. And they have an integrity sometimes missing in works by others from around the same time. Take works made for the exhibition “When

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