THE MODERN INSTITUTE | SOL LEWITT – GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL 2018
The Modern Institute
Aird’s Lane Bricks Space
The new exhibition at the Modern Institute’s Aird’s Lane space is occupied by a black rectangular structure. Only by coming closer to it one can notice that it actually comprises of four cubes, all black, the ones on the top shiny and the bottom ones completely matte.
The Black Cubes (4), 2000 is a late work of Sol LeWitt (1928 – 2007), who first gained popularity in the 1960s with his geometrical abstractions, primarily open-grid white “structures”, as he called them. Black Cubes (4) emphasises the consistency of the artist’s long activity.
Sol LeWitt was one of the most significant figures for the development of contemporary art. At the beginning of his career, he theorised Conceptual art, thus becoming its pioneer.
His oeuvre oscillated between seriality and pre-planned production systems, often bordering on logic, mathematics and philosophy. Simple geometrical forms deriving from Minimalism were used by the artist in almost linguistic terms, similarly to the way words and signs are used in communication processes. Also, in many ways, LeWitt freed Minimalism from the preoccupation with form and acknowledged that it is inferior to the ideas embedded within.
Considering that most of the artist’s works are still in the US and they are very rarely exhibited in the United Kingdom, this exhibition constitutes an amazing opportunity to get familiar with the works of Sol LeWitt.
By Maria Cynkier