WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Museum of Art will present the exhibition "Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid" on view from Sept. 15 through Dec. 9
"Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid" is the first exhibition to focus on the centrality of the grid in LeWitt’s art. The exhibition focuses on LeWitt’s use of the grid as a generative matrix for his artistic production over the span of nearly five decades, from 1960 until his death in 2007.
Inspired by his first encounter with the work of photographer Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) in the late 1950s, LeWitt began experimenting with a loosely structured grid in several large oil paintings of 1960, based on the Muybridge motif of a running man. By 1962, he had simplified his use of this format to exclude figurative elements, and by 1964, he was making his first wall-mounted grid structures. When LeWitt made his first wall drawings in 1968, he used the grid as the underlying structural principle. Thereafter, grids became a pervasive matrix in all of the media in which LeWitt worked -- in his three-dimensional "structures," drawings and gouaches on paper, photographic cycles, artist’s books, furniture and wall drawings.
All of these media will be represented in the exhibition.
Charles W. "Mark" Haxthausen, Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History, is curating this major exhibition of more than 60 works on loan from the LeWitt Collection in Chester,
The Williams College Museum of Art is on Main Street. It is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is wheelchair accessible and open to the public. Admission is free. Information: 413-597-2429 or wcma.williams.edu.