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Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #368, 1982/2016, color inks and india ink, dimensions variable. Installation view. Photo: Steven Probert. © Estate of Sol LeWitt/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Sol LeWitt

Paula Cooper Gallery | 521 West 21st Street

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #368, 1982/2016, color inks and india ink, dimensions variable. Installation view. Photo: Steven Probert. © Estate of Sol LeWitt/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Over a multifaceted career that spanned more than five decades, Sol LeWitt executed hundreds of wall drawings, scores of sculptures, and countless drawings, prints, photographs, and books. An exhibition on view at Paula Cooper Gallery’s multiple locations in Chelsea showcased LeWitt’s amazing range—and, by including work by Liz Deschenes, reminded us of his generosity toward younger colleagues. (A concurrent presentation at Miguel Abreu Gallery also paired LeWitt’s work with Deschenes’s.) His art was variously sumptuous, obsessive, inventive, gentle. Ever since LeWitt died in 2007 at the age of seventy-eight, it’s become clear that more than any other artist associated with the early days of Minimalism, his work deviated dramatically from the standard definitions of this movement. By the end of his career, his art was monumental and, on several occasions, when it wasn’t bright

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