Photo: Kevin Kennefick
One hundred drawings. Nearly an acre of wall space. To be displayed for a quarter of a century. Such is the scale of the installation now in progress at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) as the museum works with the Williams College Museum of Art to ready “Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective,” set to open on November 16. In today’s Friday photo, we provide a peek at the steady progress of artist-installers, apprentices, and student interns as they recreate some of the LeWitt drawings, which represent almost 40 years of work by the artist. Conceived by the Yale University Art Gallery in collaboration with LeWitt before his death last year, the installation will remain on view for 25 years (giving you no excuse to miss it) in a 27,000-square-foot historic mill building at MASS MoCA. “In my case, I used the elements of these simple forms—square, cube, line, and color—to produce logical systems,” LeWitt once said. “Most of these systems were finite; that is, they were complete using all possible variations. This kept them simple.” Maybe this explains the origins of that old saying: Brevity is the Sol LeWitt.