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Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007)


Wall Drawing #1256: Five Pointed Stars
First installation: United States Embassy in Berlin, Germany, February 2008
Acrylic Paint, 15 x 30 feet, First drawn by: Nicolai Angelov, Alvar Beyer, Anette Haas, Daniel Schoernig, Wim Starkenburg

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

In February 2008, a team from Sol LeWitt’s studio installed Wall Drawing #1256: Five Pointed Stars, which the artist had created for FAPE in 2004. Located in the glass encased Behrenstraße entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, the wall drawing is visible to the public.

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.

Gift of the artist with funding provided by The Honorable Ronald S. Lauder and Mrs. Jo Carole Lauder

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Photography Werner Huthmacher, Berlin

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