If you visited MASS MoCA in the past week, you may have noticed something new on the shelves of our museum store: Sol LeWitt: 100 Views, the official catalogue for the wall drawing retrospective which opened in Building 7 in November.
“100 views” refers to the number of contributors to the catalogue as well as the approximate number of wall drawings in the retrospective (there are actually 105). The concept of the catalogue, edited by MASS MoCA’s curators Susan Cross and Denise Markonish, was to offer a personal tribute to LeWitt. From the foreword:
There is already an impressive collection of essays, writings, and catalogues that address the art of Sol LeWitt. Adding to this will be the forthcoming catalogue raisonnÃ© to be published by the Yale University Art Gallery in association with the Estate of Sol LeWitt and Pace Wildenstein. What more could possibly supplement this array of information and analysis? Talk to anyone who knew LeWitt or listen to artists who were influenced by his work or helped by his generosity, and it soon becomes clear what has been missing: a book about how LeWitt’s ideas, friendship, and generosity of spirit coursed the art world.
One hundred peer artists, curators, writers, architects, musicians, former and current assistants, and museum directors were asked to submit short pieces to the catalogue. Some, like curators Nicholas Baume (ICA) and Gary Garrels (SFMoMA), submitted short essays on the art historical importance of LeWitt. Artists Louise Lawler and Jonathan Monk paid tribute to LeWitt with a piece of artwork. Composer (and Bang on a Can co-founder) David Lang wrote a short musical composition while composer Steve Reich submitted a point/counterpoint comparing his thoughts on Conceptualism with LeWitt’s (with a short musical coda to boot). And that’s just a start of the personal anecdotes, touching elegies, witty wordplay, and critical assessment of the contributions. (A full list of the contributors is after the jump.)
Also featured in the catalogue are almost all of the wall drawings featured here at MASS MoCA. Photographed by Kevin Kennefick, the plate section captures the simultaneous grandeur and subtle detail of the drawings while hinting at their unique architectural setting.
The catalogue, distributed by Yale Press, is only available for pre-order on Amazon now, but you can get your fix right away by stopping by Hardware: The MASS MoCA Store or the new MASS MoCA by Design store in Williamstown today.
The complete list of contibutors to Sol LeWitt: 100 Views:
William Anastasi, Carl Andre, William Anthony, Stephen Antonakos, John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Nicholas Baume, Gene Beery, Mel Bochner, Dove Bradshaw, AA Bronson, Kathan Brown, Daniel Buren, Ellen Carey, Mickey Cartin, Germano Celant, Lucinda Childs, Sachiko Cho, Chuck Close, Chris Cobb, Lynne Cooke, Lisa Graziose Corrin, Petah Coyne, Susan Cross, Roland Dahinden, Tara Donovan, Karen Dow, Tom Doyle, Megan Dyer, Spencer Finch, Alec Finlay, Martin Friedman, Mildred Friedman, Gary Garrels, Mike Glier, Dan Graham, John Hogan, Chrissie Iles, Ralph Iwamoto, Mel Kendrick, Robin Heidi Kennedy, Byron Kim, Alain Kirili, Jannis Kounellis, Nick Kozak, David Lang, John Lavertu, Louise Lawler, Robert Lazzarini, Heinz Liesbrock, Lucy R. Lippard, Stephen L. Lloyd, Alvin Lucier, Robert Mangold, Tom Marioni, Denise Markonish, Allan McCollum, Afranio Metelli, James Meyer, Andrea Miller?Keller, Kazuko Miyamoto, Jonathan Monk, Saul Ostrow, Janet Passehl, Adrian Piper, John Ravenal, Steve Reich, Jock Reynolds, Matthew Ritchie, Dorothea Rockburne, James Rondeau, Bernice Rose, Nancy Rosen, Anthony Sansotta, Christel Sauer and Urs RaussmÃ¼ller, Joe Scanlan, Stephen Schermeyer, James Siena, John F. Simon, Jr., Susanna Singer, Ingrid Sischy, Pat Steir, George Stolz, Robert Storr, Mary Temple, Joseph C. Thompson, Marco Tirelli, David Tremlett, Alexander van Grevenstein, Charles Vandenhove, Carol Huebner Venezia, Michael Venezia, Roy Villevoye, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Adam D. Weinberg, Lawrence Weiner, Mark Williams, Adachiara Zevi, Jeremy Ziemann
The book is softcover, 272 pages, and includes 88 black-and-white illustrations and 93 color illustrations.