Sol LeWitt: All Ideas Are Art
Considered one of the founders of both Minimalism and Conceptual Art, the American artist Sol LeWitt (1908–2007) created nearly 1,350 wall drawings between 1969 and his death in 2007. LeWitt is best known for his proposition that an artist need only provide an idea or a set of instructions for a work of art, leaving the actual production of the work to someone else. LeWitt was championed by the Bechtler family, who purchased an early sculpture by the artist in 1969 and also brought two significant wall drawings to Charlotte--Wall Drawing #683 at the Carillon Building, and Wall Drawing #995, currently installed in the lobby of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
In the first major museum survey of LeWitt’s work in the Southern United States in almost 50 years, Sol LeWitt: All Ideas Are Art, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, will provide unprecedented access for residents of the southern region to works of art by one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Featuring ten of LeWitt’s large scale wall drawings and a selection of sculptures spanning four decades of his career, the exhibition, presented in collboration with the Sol LeWitt Estate, will be installed in conversation with the museum’s signature Mario Botta designed architecture, providing visitors with the experience of engaging with an intimate and site-specific installation.