Sol LeWitt

Gouaches

September 6 - October 15, 2005
534 W 21 St., NY

NEW YORK – Internationally acclaimed artist Sol LeWitt will present new works on paper at the Paula Cooper Gallery this fall. A selection of new gouaches will be on view from September 6th through October 15th, 2005, at 521 West 21st Street.

These gouaches, created in 2005, all bear the title Horizontal Lines, Black on Color. Realized in a variety of scales and formats, the works are composed of thick horizontal black lines undulating over a solid color background. The palette of background colors ranges from deep reds to bright yellows, ultramarine blues and olive greens. LeWitt’s gouaches are often created in series based on a specific motif. Past series have included Irregular Forms, Parallel Curves, Squiggly Brushstrokes and Web-like Grids.

Drawing and painting on paper has been a central activity throughout LeWitt’s career. In 1992, his drawings were the subject of a major traveling exhibition organized by the Haags Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Netherlands. In the 1990s, LeWitt started using gouache, an opaque water-based paint, to produce free-flowing abstract works in contrasting colors. These playful, dynamic pieces have remained an important part of his work to this day.

Sol LeWitt was born in 1928 in Hartford, CT. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in more than 300 one-person exhibitions since 1965. In 2000, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presented “Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective,” which subsequently traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He is the author of more than 50 artist books and other published artwork. His work is in numerous national and international public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Tate Gallery, London; the Hara Museum, Tokyo; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

LeWitt’s work can also currently be seen at the Metropolitan Museum (“Sol LeWitt on the Roof: Splotches, Whirls and Twirls,” through Oct. 30, 2005); and two new concrete block sculptures are on view in Madison Square Park, through December 31, 2005.

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