Sunday, August 1, 2010

Theme Day: Bright Colors

Sol Lewitt was born in Hartford.  He developed his interest in becoming an artist as a child taking Saturday art classes at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Lewitt is credited as a founder of Conceptualism and Minimalism.   He often expressed the plan for a wall installation and then left it to the art students or other volunteers to execute.  Two installations were "ten thousand straight lines and then ten thousand not straight lines" and "fifty randomly placed points all connected by straight lines."  It is an unusual way for an artist to create -- more cerebral than manual skill -- but I find his works fascinating and sometimes exciting.  Would you paint the walls below a very ornate skylight like this?  It wouldn't have occurred to me.

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford has a Lewitt exhibition that ends on August 15, 2010, though the painted walls will be there after the exhibition closes.  A spectacular exhibition at Mass MOCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, is showing through 2033, so you can see it if you hurry.

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cieldequimper said...

I'm not usually a great fan of mixing classical and bold modern but I have to admit this works quite well. Very nice for today's theme.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Thanks for sharing the work of this artist and to introduce him to me.

Jazzy said...

intriguing photo.
happy august theme day! said...

Fascinating. Thank you for sharing.

We each chose art for our interpretation of the Bright Colors theme, as did a number of other Daily Photo bloggers.

Lynette said...

Great Theme Day post! Awesome photos! Mine is up at Portland Oregon Daily Photo.