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Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007)


Wall Drawing #832: A red spiral line on blue, 1999, 40 x 126 ½ feet, acrylic paint

“Art makes order from chaos.
Clarity from obscurity.
Something from nothing.
(Sometimes nothing from something.)”

In 2008, the family of Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) donated a wall drawing design to FAPE for the twenty-second floor rotunda of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, which opened in August 2010.

LeWitt was one of the preeminent artists of his time. He received his B.F.A. from Syracuse University and moved to New York City in 1953. In 1960, LeWitt worked at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where he met other young artists searching for a new direction away from Abstract Expressionism. The artist was a champion of Minimalist art and a pioneer of Conceptual art, and his work, with its vocabulary of clean lines and simple geometric forms, bridges the two. Since 1965, LeWitt’s drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and he is represented in the collections of major museums worldwide. Currently on display at MASS MoCA for twenty-five years is Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, which includes 100 of the artist’s wall drawings.

Ron Gorchov (American, 1930)

Ron Gorchov - Totem
Totem, 2009, 19-feet-high, painting: oil on linen with wood support, support: bronze obelisk

“From the beginning I conceived ‘Totem’ to respond to what I see as the goal of FAPE—to use contemporary art to create settings that support chiefs who are striving to promote world concord. Serving this purpose involved a complex process that the individuals I worked with at FAPE understood with unusual sensitivity. Their enthusiastic support and openness to a living process and our shared concern with quality in all the details allowed me to realize the original conception—to project variable, painted color in space with a patently visible and static support.”

In 2009, FAPE commisioned Ron Gorchov to create a 19-foot-high sculpture for the twenty-second floor rotunda of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, which opened in August 2010.

Gorchov has been working with curved surface paintings and shaped canvases since 1967. He moved from Chicago to New York City in 1953, after having attended the University Mississippi, Oxford, the School of Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign. He had his first solo show at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in 1960, and he has subsequently exhibited at other institutions in New York City including The Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Queens Museum of Art, the New Museum of Contemporary, and MoMA PS1. He currently lives and works in New York City.

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