P.D. Magnus (research)

That some of Sol Lewitt's later wall drawings aren't wall drawings

This short note in Contemporary Aesthetics argues for the claim in the title.

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Sol LeWitt is probably most famous for wall drawings. They are an extension of work he had done in sculpture and on paper, in which a simple rule specifies permutations and variations of elements. With wall drawings, the rule is given for marks to be made on a wall. We should distinguish these algorithmic works from impossible-to-implement instruction works and works realized by following preparatory sketches. Taking the core feature of a wall drawing to be that it is algorithmic, some of LeWitt's later works are wall drawings in name only.

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Because the paper was published as a short note, the final version omits some scholarly apparatus which I originally included. For the sake of completeness, here it is.


	AUTHOR = {P.D. Magnus},
	TITLE = {That some of Sol Lewitt's later wall drawings aren't wall drawings},
	JOURNAL = {Contemporary Aesthetics},
	YEAR = {2018},
	VOLUME = {16},
	URL = {https://contempaesthetics.org/newvolume/pages/article.php?articleID=844}