Sol LeWitt and his Wall Drawing #993, at the Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images.
Your geometry teacher asks you to make a drawing using “arcs and bands in color.” What would this look like? Do you think you and the person sitting next to you would interpret this phrase the same way?
Arcs and Bands in Color is the title of the 1999 work by American artist Sol LeWitt on the cover. Look carefully. Do you see examples of arcs within the image? Bands? Color? This abstract artist combines seemingly simple lines and shapes into eye-catching geometric designs. His most famous works are larger-than-life drawings and paintings executed directly on museum and gallery walls. And while his works are visually interesting, it’s his ideas that really dazzle viewers.
Pretend that your teacher asks you to draw “arcs and bands in color.” What do you think this looks like? Would you and your classmates draw the same thing? Arcs and Bands in Color is the title of the work on the cover. American artist Sol LeWitt made it in 1999. Look carefully at the image. Do you see arcs? Bands? Color?
LeWitt is an abstract artist. He uses familiar lines and shapes to make geometric designs. His most famous works are drawn or painted right onto walls. His art is interesting to look at. But his ideas impress people most.