Moody Center for the Arts

Sol LeWit, Glossy and Flat Black Squares (Wall Drawing 813)

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 – Sunday, May. 14, 2017

New Work

For more than twenty years, Rice University Art Gallery has held a unique place as the only university gallery in the nation devoted to commissioning site-specific installation art. Artists early in their careers as well as artists of international reputation have constructed temporary works, each of which transformed the Gallery's signature "white box" space in a completely different way.

In spring 2017, Rice Gallery will come full circle by reinstalling one of its earliest installations, Sol LeWitt's Glossy and Flat Black Squares (Wall Drawing #813), 1997 as its closing exhibition. LeWitt (1928-2007), a leading figure in Minimalism and pioneer of Conceptual art, created the majestic work in response to Rice Gallery's architectural space. Like a musical score that exists on paper until it is played, LeWitt's Wall Drawing exists as a set of written instructions and can be re-created.

About the Exhibition

Sol LeWitt was born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut. His retrospective at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts in collaboration with Yale University Art Gallery comprises 105 of his large-scale wall drawings, spanning the artist’s career from 1969 to 2007. It will be on view for 25 years until 2033.

Contact joshua.fischer@rice.edu

Photo: Paul Hester

Rice Gallery exhibitions and programs receive major support from the Rice University Art Gallery Patrons. Additional support comes from Rice Gallery Members; the Robert J. Card, M.D. and Karol Kreymer Catalogue Endowment; and the Leslie and Brad Bucher Artist Residency Endowment. The Gallery receives partial operating support from the City of Houston; KUHF-FM and Saint Arnold Brewing Company provide in-kind contributions.


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