Sol LeWitt - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Monday, June 25, 2018 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Pace Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Bologna, Gallery Studio G7, Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings, 2005, pp. 38, 42, 47, 101 (illustrated)
    Centre Pompidou-Metz, Sol LeWitt, 4 March 2012 - 9 January 2013
    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Sol Lewitt. A Wall Drawing Retrospective, 2008 - 2033, p. 236 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Wall Drawing 1185: Scribbles: Inverted curve (horizontal), October 2005 is included in MASS MoCA’s ongoing exhibition Sol LeWitt: A Drawing Retrospective, which opened on November 16, 2008 and will remain on view for 25 years. The 105 wall drawings included in the exhibition cover nearly an acre of space in the historic mill building that was renovated for the specific purpose of housing the exhibition. A hallmark of LeWitt’s wall drawings, the title of Wall Drawing 1185: Scribbles: Inverted curve (horizontal) describes its appearance, and while the description is reductive and straightforward, the work is a stunning and powerful tour de force.

  • Artist Biography

    Sol LeWitt

    American • 1928 - 2007

    Connected to the Conceptual and Minimalist art movements of the 1960s and '70s, the artist and theorist Sol LeWitt was a pivotal figure in driving 'idea' art into the mainstream art discourse. Redefining what constituted a work of art and its genesis, LeWitt explored these ideas through wall drawings, paintings, sculptures, works on paper and prints.

    Using a prescription to direct the creation of a work, the artist's hand subordinated to the artist's thoughts, in direct contrast to the Abstract Expressionist movement earlier in the century. Actions, forms and adjectives were broken down into terms, serially repeated and reconfigured: grids, lines, shapes, color, directions and starting points are several examples. These directives and constructs fueled an influential career of vast variety, subtlety and progression.

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Wall Drawing #1185 Scribbles: Inverted Curve (Horizontal)

304.8 x 304.8 cm (120 x 120 in.)
Executed in October 2005, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

£150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for £118,750

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 26 June 2018