One of Sol LeWitt’s personal assistants Eric Litke sent us the following blog with his thoughts about the new LeWitt Retrospective in Building #7.
As an assistant to Sol in Chester, CT for 5 years (2001-6) the new facility at MASS MoCA has special significance for me. Though its existence is in one sense counter to the original temporal intentions of the wall drawings, Sol understood and embraced (and was no doubt amused by) these sorts of surrounding contradictions, and let the work grow beyond it’s original parameters. Having Building #7 as a 25-year locus for the wall drawingâ€™s legacy is essential, and itâ€™s clearly a success thanks to wise planning and absolutely impeccable execution. (My personal biases make me want to see some of the c.1998-2005 color works replaced with more key â€˜scribbleâ€™ works of the last few years, but this is minor.) Â Solâ€™s 35-year course of discovery with the wall drawings culminated in a rich re-invention of the pencil line in space. I look forward to witnessing all the selections at MASS MoCA from this vital body of work repeatedly in the years to come.
I’ve included a link to some personal photos which may be of interest and amusement.