LeWitt x 2
November 5, 2006 to January 14, 2007

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art debuted LeWitt x 2 on November 5, 2006, in its main galleries. Curated by Dean Swanson, the exhibition includes two discrete but related sections. Sol LeWitt: Structure and Line features the work of this esteemed American artist over the course of his long and prolific career. Selections from The LeWitt Collection showcases works by an exciting array of national and international artists represented in the extensive collection that LeWitt amassed with his wife Carol Androccio LeWitt.

Exhibition Venues through August 2008  

Miami Art Museum
LeWitt x 2
Miami, Florida
February 22–June 3, 2007

Weatherspoon Art Museum
LeWitt x 2
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
September 9–November 18, 2007

Cincinnati Art Museum
Selections from The LeWitt Collection
Cincinnati, Ohio
February 9–May 4, 2008

Contemporary Arts Center
Sol LeWitt: Structure and Line
Cincinnati, Ohio
February 23–May 4, 2008

Austin Museum of Art
LeWitt x 2
Austin, Texas
May 24–August 17, 2008

Sol LeWitt: Structure and Line

Sol LeWitt is one of the most influential figures in the history of twentieth-century art. Working in New York City in the early 1960s, LeWitt was among the many young artists who challenged the prevailing art of the time by emphasizing that the idea behind the work of art was more important than the execution. This thinking is evident in the 41 works included in Sol LeWitt: Structure and Line. Created by LeWitt between 1965 and 2006, these works include detailed ink and pencil drawings, brilliantly colored goauches, and “structures” made of wood, aluminum, and fiberglass. Many of these works demonstrate the meticulous execution of an idea.

LeWitt’s focus on the artistic concept was also instrumental in his development of wall drawings: large-scale works of art that are completed directly on the walls of galleries and other public spaces. For many years, LeWitt executed these works himself, using written instructions that he had drafted. In recent decades, a team of assistants have painstakingly applied the bands of color and meticulous lines for the works. For the installation at MMoCA, a LeWitt Scribble Drawing will be created on a large wall in the museum’s main galleries.

Selections from The LeWitt Collection

Since the very early days of his career, Sol LeWitt has traded with the artists of his generation. Seminal works by Hans Haacke, Robert Mangold, Carl Andre, Mel Bochner, and Robert Ryman are among the highlights of the 104 works that will be on view in Selections from The LeWitt Collection.

Education Programs

Gallery Talk with Dean Swanson
Sunday, November 5 • 3 pm
Guest curator Dean Swanson discusses the curatorial process for LeWitt x 2. Dean Swanson’s talk is a Lussier Family Lecture. Main galleries.

Kids’ Art Adventures
Sunday, November 12 • 1 to 3 pm
Explore the beauty of Sol LeWitt’s geometric and linear forms in MMoCA’s main galleries, then use a variety of art media to make vibrant abstractions from patterns and lines. Classroom. Free.

Gallery Talk with Linde Brady
Friday, November 17 • 6:30 pm
Linde Brady, PhD candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Art History, discusses Sol LeWitt: Structure and Line. Main galleries.

Gallery Talk with Melanie Herzog
Friday, December 1 • 6:30 pm
Melanie Herzog, professor of art history, Edgewood College Department of Art, discusses Selections from The LeWitt Collection. Main galleries.

Family Workshop
Friday, December 1 • 6 to 8 pm
Explore line and geometric form to create your own minimalist masterpiece inspired by Sol LeWitt. Adults and kids ages 8 and up are welcome at this workshop led by artist and educator Anette Hansen. All supplies are provided. Participants may drop in any time during the two-hour program. Classroom.

Sponsors

Generous funding for LeWitt x 2 has been provided by the Steinhauer Charitable Trust; J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.; Peggy Hedberg and John Niederhuber; John Neis and Chele Isaac; the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation and the Overture Foundation; the Terry Family Foundation; the Art League of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; and a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Special funding for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s presentation of a Sol LeWitt wall drawing has been provided by James and Sylvia Vaccaro, and the Theda Clark Smith Family Foundation.