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Cranbrook Art Museum

Exhibition Detail
Wall Drawings 790A and 790B: Irregular Alternating Color Bands
39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

March 5th, 2013 - March 9th, 2014
© Courtesy of Cranbrook Art Museum
United States
September - May Tuesday - Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday - Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm; June - August Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawings 790A and 790B: Irregular Alternating Color Bands (1995) fill the Hartmann Gallery with serpentine bands of bold color applied directly to the wall. A pioneer of Conceptual Art, LeWitt conceived his wall drawings as a medium through which he could explore the concept of serial permutation while mining the tension between art and architecture. Wall Drawings 790A and 790B, like most of LeWitt’s wall drawings, exist only for the duration of the exhibition before being destroyed, privileging the conception of the work over its physical manifestation and demonstrating the artist’s dictum that “The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.” Still, the physical form of the work retains an undeniable beauty: LeWitt’s sinuous line and fulsome color together serve as an arresting counterpoint to Eliel Saarinen’s airy interior space.

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