We are embarking on a fun project with Cabinet, a two-part exhibition where we are inviting you to make an “exchange” with Sol LeWitt. Though most artists exchange with others at some point, Sol seemed fully committed to it as an artistic code of conduct, a way of life. His exchanges were not limited to well-known artists — Sol consistently traded works with admirers whom he did not know but who had nevertheless sent their work to him, as well as amateur artists with whom he interacted in his daily life.
For Sol, the act of exchange seemed to be not only a personal gesture, but also an integral part of his conceptual practice. In addition to encouraging the circulation of artworks through a gift economy that challenged the art world’s dominant economic model, Sol’s exchanges with strangers have the same qualities of generosity, and risk, that characterized his work in general. This kind of exchange was designed to stage an encounter between two minds, outside the familiar confines of friendship.
If we consider the process of exchange as another of Sol LeWitt’s instructional pieces, then the rational (or irrational) thing to do is to continue to exchange work and ideas, if only symbolically, with him.
We invite you to exchange with LeWitt by submitting work for consideration for a two-part exhibition (one part at MASS MoCA, one part at Cabinet offices in Brooklyn). Details on what to submit and how are on our website.