row : (l) Sol LeWitt, Geometric Figures & Color, New
York: Harry N. Abrams, 1979 / (r) Sol LeWitt, Autobiography,
New York: Multiples; Boston: Lois and Michael K. Torf 1980// middle
row: (l) Sol LeWitt, Photo Grids, New York: Paul David Press;
Rizzoli, 1977 / (r) Sol LeWitt, Lines & Color, Zürich:
Annemarie Verna 1975 // lower row:(l) Sol LeWitt, Opening Series,
Edinburgh: Morning Star Publications, 1994 /(r) Sol LeWitt, Cock
Fight Dance, New York: Rizzoli & Multiples,
exhibition SOL LEWITT. Artist's Books opening at Art Laboratory
Berlin on 21 January presents the complete oeuvre of 75 artists'
books produced by the American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt, dating
from 1967 to 2002. This exhibition pays tribute to the unique bibliophile
production of the artist, who died in 2007.
LEWITT Artist's Books, a collaboration between Art Laboratory
Berlin and Viaindustriae, in Foligno, Italy, has previously been
shown in Paris, Sheffield, Istanbul and Ljubljana, and after Berlin
the exhibition will travel on to Athens and New York.
addition to an intensive exhibition program (gallery tours, talks
and the possibility of visitors to study the artist's books in detail)
Art Laboratory Berlin is also holding an inter-disciplinary symposium
on the artistic practice of Sol LeWitt (19/20 February, 2011).
American artist Sol LeWitt (1928 - 2007) was an influential figure
in minimalism and is considered one of the most important representatives
as well as co-founder of American conceptual art. The term "conceptual
art" goes directly back to LeWitt: "If the artist carries
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. All intervening
steps - scribbles, sketches, drawings, failed works, models, studies,
thoughts, conversations - are of interest. Those that show the thought
process of the artist are sometimes more interesting than the final
product." (Paragraphs, Artforum, June 1967)
intensive artist books production was extremely versatile: he used
different designs and formats as well as varied techniques from
color lithography to offset printing. Finally the phenomena of reproducibility
was part of the concept: "Also, since art is a vehicle for
the transmission of ideas through form, the reproduction of the
form only reinforces the concept. It is the idea that is being reproduced."
Interdisciplinary Symposium_Sol LeWitt
occasion of having assembled all the artist books of Sol LeWitt
in one exhibition offers the possibility to study his work intensively.
Just as with earlier exhibitions at Art Laboratory Berlin, we plan
to connect artistic practice and a scholarly approach by means of
a symposium. The interdisciplinary symposium seeks to bring together
art historians, literary scholars, philosophers, mathematicians
and visual artists to give presentations and discuss the manifold
creative approach of Sol LeWitt.
Sabeth Buchmann, Aissa Deebi, Annette Gilbert, Paul Maenz, Jonathan
Monk, Adrian Piper, Michael Rottmann, Manuela Schöpp, Gregor
Stemmrich, Volker Straebel, Ken Wahl. (Information
about the symposium )