Sol LeWitt’s 1982 Wall Drawing #370 will be installed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this summer. Over a period of four weeks, five drafters will prepare the 10 geometric figures set within squares that comprise the work. The drawing will be on view in its complete state beginning June 30, 2014, and will remain on view through September 7, 2015, when it will be painted over.
Although LeWitt executed drawings by hand throughout his life, in 1968 he extricated his work from the confines of the frame and transferred it directly to the wall. The wall compositions were designed for limited duration and maximum flexibility within a broad range of architectural settings. Painstakingly executed by drafters, most of these works were eventually destroyed. A seminal practitioner of Conceptual Art, LeWitt emphasized the creative idea that generates a work of art, as opposed to the work’s material existence.
“For each work of art that becomes physical,” he wrote, “there are many variations that do not.”