Huge LeWitt Exhibition Is Beautiful Lunacy

Mass. retrospective traces artist's work in Minimalism and Conceptualism
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2008 12:16 PM CST
A wall drawing by Sol LeWitt.   (AP Photo)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – Sol LeWitt died last year, but his artwork is still being created—executed by handlers according to written instructions. This weekend marked the opening of a massive exhibition of LeWitt’s wall drawings at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, an exhibition Sebastian Smee, in the Boston Globe, calls “as wonderful as anything I've seen in years.”

The exhibition takes up 30,000 square feet in a converted industrial building—redesigned especially for LeWitt’s drawings, which are done directly on the wall. With works ranging from rigid geometrical compositions to boisterous squiggly networks, the quarter-century exhibition, writes Smee, “is sure to become a site of pilgrimage for all those susceptible to the proposition that life can be beautiful as well as absurd.”