Albright-Knox - Table of Contents
and Artists on Buffalo Architecture & History
George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund
Mathews House, 830 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY
"Wall Drawing #1268: Scribbles: Staircase (AKAG), conceived 2006 (executed 2010)"
By Sol LeWitt
December 2016 Photos
Sol LeWitt (b.1928-2007) was pivotal in the creation of the new radical aesthetic of the 1960's that was a revolutionary contradiction to the 'Abstract Expressionism' current in the 1950's and 60's New York school.
He had no interest in inherent narrative or descriptive imagery. LeWitt, like no other artist of his generation, had always maintained the importance of the concept or idea and, apart from his original works on paper, the work is executed by others to clear and strict instructions.
As one of the first coherent proponents of conceptual art with his writings, Sentences on Conceptual Art, 1969, LeWitt's work continues to be regarded and referred to by a younger generation of artists as one of the seminal investigations into 'idea' and 'concept' art. He continued to challenge new thinking about what art can be.
"If the artist carried through his idea and makes it into visible form, then 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." Stated LeWitt in 1971. "All intervening steps, scribbles, sketches, drawings, failed work models, studies thoughts, conversations, are of interest. Those that show the thought process of the artist are sometimes more interesting than the final product.
Born in 1928 in Hartford Connecticut, LeWitt continued to work up until his death in early 2007.
After studying a bachelors degree in Fine Art at Syracuse University until 1949, he worked as a graphic designer for I.M Pei's architecture office in New York. In 1960 LeWitt took a job at the Museum of Modern Art in New York at the book counter where his co-workers included Robert Ryman, Dan Flavin and Robert Mangold, situating him in the midst of young artists searching for a new direction in art.
- Edward Ressle Gallery (online Dec. 2016)
December 2016 Photos
37 x 29 1/2 inches ... Detail below:
"Four Chances , 1982"
By Kenneth D. Snelson
American, born 1927
Steel and cable
115 x 138 x 96 inches
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See also: "Coronation Day" by Kenneth Snelson on Niagara Square, and 2006 photo of a Snelson sculpture in Paris