Alfonso Artiaco gallery is glad to announce the opening of Sol LeWitt's personal show "New Wall Drawings", Wednesday 4th May 2005 at 8.00 pm.
Sol LeWitt was born at Hartford (Conn.) USA in 1928. Since the '60s his artistic production has focused on the possibility to combine specific geometric forms and on the gradual derivation from these forms of non-geometric ones.
LeWitt is universally acclaimed as the founder and the main experimenter of Conceptual Art. His art, at the beginning of his artistic production, reveals itself through the characteristics of Minimalism.
His words about this artistic movement are still relevant nowadays, after almost forty years:
"In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work (…) if the artist carries through his idea and makes it into visible form, than all the steps in the process are of importance. The idea itself, even if not made visual, is as much a work of art as any finished product. All intervening steps – scribbles, sketches, drawings, failed works, models, studies, thoughts, conversations – are of interest. Those that show the thought process of the artist are sometimes more interesting than the final product."
Sol LeWitt "Paragraphs on Conceptual Art", on: Artforum, vol. 5, 10th June 1967
As a consequence, significant is the distinction between two separate moments in the artistic development of a piece of art: the act of creation and the actual production, like the Wall Drawings, a pictorial execution on a wall which is meticulously carried out by the assistants, following the artist's project.
The long artistic relationship between Sol LeWitt and the Alfonso Artiaco gallery is evident in the exhibitions of 1989, 1995, 1998, 2000 and 2002. These shows highlight the artistic research of LeWitt's work which has followed a coherent development throughout his long career.
The New Wall Drawings exhibition is a site specific project for the Alfonso Artiaco gallery, it consists of six large, colourful wall paintings which merge geometrical constructions (lines and curves) and chromatic combinations (fundamental and complementary colours).