Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 273, September 1975; The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; ©️ The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Ian Reeves
Sol LeWitt did many wall drawings during his career. Now that he is no longer alive, other people have to follow his instructions to “install” his works. Let’s see if we can follow a set of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawing instructions to create our own drawing.
A 6” (15 cm) grid covering the walls. Lines from corners, sides, and center of the walls to random points on the grid.
1st wall: Red lines from the midpoints of four sides;
2nd wall: Blue lines from the four corners;
3rd wall: Yellow lines from the center;
4th wall: Red lines from the midpoints of four sides, blue lines from four corners;
5th wall: Red lines from the midpoints of four sides, yellow lines from the center;
6th wall: Blue lines from four corners, yellow lines from the center;
7th wall: Red lines from the midpoints of four sides, blue lines from four corners, yellow lines from the center.
Each wall has an equal number of lines. (The number of lines and their length are determined by the draftsman.)
LeWitt helped revolutionize the definition of art in the 1960s by stating that the idea for an artwork is more important than its form. Each of his impermanent wall drawings consists of a set of the artist’s instructions, with the actual execution carried out by someone else. LeWitt compared his instructions to musical scores, which are realized in a new way every time they’re played. Similarly, it’s possible for LeWitt’s wall drawings to take slightly different forms, depending on how his directions are implemented.