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An image of Wall drawing #870: A black wall divided horizontally by a wavy line. Top: flat; bottom: glossy by Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt

(United States of America 09 Sep 1928 – 08 Apr 2007)

Wall drawing #870: A black wall divided horizontally by a wavy line. Top: flat; bottom: glossy
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint

dimensions variable

Signature & date
Signed Certificate of authenticity, blue ink "Sol LeWitt". Not dated.
Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession number
© Estate of Sol LeWitt/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

First Drawn by: Sachiko Cho, Stephen Stocks
First Installation: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, July 1998

Sol LeWitt coined the term conceptual art back in the 1960s. He began making wall drawings in 1968 that existed as instructions that could be carried out by any competent draughtsperson. The instructions usually refer to the wall itself which is divided horizontally and vertically into equal sections. The sections in this case are re-divided by arcs drawn into the sections to create a curving line or wave that divides the wall. The two resulting halves of the wall are then filled with matte and gloss black respectively. The work here was overseen by assistants from the LeWitt Studio in New York.

Bibliography (2)

Anthony Bond, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Sol LeWitt', pg.100-131, Sydney, 2011, 103, 120-21 (colour illus.).

Sophie Forbat (Editor), 40 years: Kaldor Public Art Projects, '1998 Sol LeWitt', pg.174-183, Sydney, 2009, 179 (colour illus.). illustration is an installation view

Exhibition history (2)

Sol LeWitt wall pieces, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 30 Jul 1998–29 Nov 1998

Sol LeWitt: Your mind is exactly at that line, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Feb 2014–03 Aug 2014