A leader of the Minimal and Conceptual movements of the mid-20th century, Connecticut-born artist Sol LeWitt was known especially for his vibrant, geometric wall drawings. Three of these hang in Edward P. Evans Hall.
The works are from among more the more than 40 LeWitt wall drawings that were bequeathed to Yale University Art Gallery by his estate after his death in 2007. Yale School of Art alumni installed the drawings at Evans Hall using LeWitt’s diagrams as models just prior to the building’s grand opening in early 2014. While they retain the proportions LeWitt dictated in his diagrams, the drawings were rescaled to suit their particular environment. That his wall drawings become site- and context-driven when installed is an important element of LeWitt’s aesthetic and philosophy, said Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds during the installation.
“Conceptually it’s important to understand that these [wall drawings] can be done at different sites, and each site is somewhat different in the way the work feels and how it will be received and interpreted by the people who live with it,” he said.