Sol LeWitt “Instructions for a Pyramid” at Galería OMR, Mexico City
In 1969, Sol LeWitt published “Sentences on Conceptual Art,” in which he states, “Ideas can be works of art; they are in a chain of development that may eventually find some form. All ideas need not be made physical.” Considered one of the leaders of conceptual art, he had great influence on his peers as well as on generations of artists who followed. Thanks to LeWitt legacy, the concepts behind a work holds as much importance as the physical form. While his oeuvre includes sculptures and maquettes, his use of vivid colors on a monumental scale establish Wall Drawings as his most representative pieces.
With little interest in the role of the artist, LeWitt intended for his work to be recreated again and again. The instructions he laid out allow for the drawings to be completed by anyone, which demystified the work of art as a sacred object. With an element as simple as the line, he created a language of profound complexity. For LeWitt, the act of drawing was the base of visual expression, and the line, the fundamental matter of a drawing. Widely fascinated by mathematics, his material explorations transform into geometric landscapes.
One of LeWitt’s concerns was how his work could become part of the public space. Consequently, he dedicated himself to disrupting various plazas around the world with his pyramidal figures. The three pieces on view were selected particularly for the walls of OMR, itself a gallery immersed in a city that was originally shaped by canals and pyramids rather than avenues and buildings. This is the first exhibition of these works since their creation in 1986.
Some of LeWitt’s works of art were conceived to be produced specfically by students. Following the artist’s vision, OMR assembled art and design students to contribute to the installation. The Wall Drawings on view are the result of a joint effort between the Estate of Sol LeWitt and the student volunteers. For LeWitt, it was essential that the drawing itself be part of the architecture in which it is shown, allowing the viewer to have an immersive experience. OMR presents these works to offer such an experience for visitors, and to increase visibility among Mexico City’s public to one of the most important artists of the twentienth century.
at Galería OMR, Mexico City
until 21 October 2017