Tunis, Tunisia Next: New York, New York
Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007)
Complex Form 16, 1990, painted aluminum, 6 x 3 x 3 feet
“Art makes order from chaos.
Clarity from obscurity.
Something from nothing.
(Sometimes nothing from something.)”
Complex Form 16 is a painted aluminum sculpture created in 1990 by Sol LeWitt. It was donated by the artist to FAPE, and installed at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia, in October 2002.
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
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