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Unformatted text preview: 10/31/07 Sol Lewitt Moved to NYC 1953 o Early jobs- Seventeen Magazine in design department o Worked for I.M. Pei Strong architectural characteristics o Worked at MOMA Met younger artists that set themselves apart from Abstract Expressionists Believed AE to be worn out, all too familiar style Believed art needed to go in different direction Cube work Minimalist and Conceptual art Wrote a lot about art Paragraphs on Conceptual Art o No matter what form [it takes], it must begin with an idea Works Wall Drawings o Directly on flat surface of the wall o Crayon, pencil, paint o Ultimately, theyre painted over 3D works o He makes objects, not sculptures, he says o Characterized by repetition, systematic analysis, reductiveness o Extended objectivity, etc to process of making works of art His work is created by assistants who meticulously follow directions His titles are very descriptive of what exactly youll see, they reflect qualities that are important to Sol Lewitt, titles express idea-oriented process Variations on the open incomplete cube o Variations on a cube missing one or more on its 9 sides o Creates 122 permutations Wooden versions, aluminum versions, drew perspectives Sometimes accompanied with plans, studies, photographs documenting the process offering viewer insight into process Putting idea into the foreground art needs to be idea-based Sentences on Conceptual Art o 35 sentences on conceptual art Body of work is not as monotonous as one would think o Element of surprise and unpredictability o At odds with conceptual art- discrepancy- forces us to mind the gap between artistic thought and artistic action o not a predictable result- theres an inevitable disconnect between visual and verbal communication o Each person draws a line differently, certain variations, depending on who is doing the drawing o Even methodically laid out plans o Neither lines nor words are ideas; they are the means by which ideas are conveyed. They are not absolute. They are subjected to other forces. Collaborative work between Baldessari and Lewitt o Video camera filming John Baldessari singing Sol Lewitts sentences on Conceptual Art o Almost impossible to attend to the content due to Baldessaris singing voice- Baldessari playful about this because the sentences are rationally laid out, but this performance piece is irrational SOL LEWITT. 122 Varations of incomplete cubes. 1979. installation view BRUCE NAUMAN Self-Portrait as a fountain. c.1966-67. color photograph; 50 x 60 cm (20 x 24"). 11/02/07 PERFORMANCE ART Developing alongside earthworks Rembrandt 1629, Young Artist in Studio Leap into the Void , 1960 Conventionally we think of artist and work of art as two separate entities In performance art, the artist and the work of art merge o The agent of representation and the object of representation are identical o Performance art collapses those two entities...
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course ARHI 2200 taught by Professor Crain during the Spring '07 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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