Sol LeWitt: Books.
The Concept as Art

25 Sep 2014 - 20 Dec 2014
Paraninfo de la Universidad de Cantabria, Santander
Curated by:
Bruno Tonini

The first works of the American artist Sol LeWitt (Connecticut, 1928 – New York, 2007), in the early 1960s, were conceived in the area of drawing and sculpture. This activity would expand, over time, into monumental formats and public spaces. Towards the end of the 1960s, LeWitt began painting murals and huge wall drawings; murals and photography were objects of interest to him throughout his life. From the outset of his career the printed page was an important area of work for LeWitt: his publications immediately became the medium and alternative means of distribution to his work in the other genres, offering him new possibilities of materialization and presentation for concerns and interests analogous to them.

This exhibition presents a selection of more than 150 artist’s books, posters and invitations created by Sol LeWitt throughout his career. They highlight the artist’s conceptual intervention in a series of countless variations of constructive schemata, sketches of projects and photographic classifications. Viewed as a whole, these pieces constitute a significant testimony to Sol LeWitt’s creativity, inasmuch as they explicitly attest to the formal and conceptual synthesis of his work, and of his very life.