Rothko and LeWitt at a glance

By: Louk Vreeswijk

May 01 2016


Category: Europe, Netherlands

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Right: a person looking attentively at one of Rothko’s last paintings (Untitled, 1969, acrylic on canvas) made shortly before he took his own life in 1970. Black above gray.

Middle: an open glass door. We leave the Rothko exhibition, and partly through, partly reflected in the glass of the door we see the broad lines of Wall Drawing # 373 by LeWitt which adorns since 1983 – with an interruption of two years – one of the stairwells of the Gemeentemuseum. A woman with a stick looks a bit lost.

Left: lines of LeWitt’s drawing on walls of the stairwell.

The more I look at this photo, the more I am intrigued by it. The four vertical bands that make up the entire picture show each quite distinct features, with a variation in perspectives of flatness and depth. Still, the overall visual impression is one of the flat plane of a painting.

Photo of the week: Glimpses of Mark Rothko and Sol LeWitt at Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Netherlands 2015

One comment on “Rothko and LeWitt at a glance”

  1. […] have paid attention to Sol LeWitt on this blog before. You can see here and here. At the 2016 art fair in Geneva his Wall Drawing 532 was executed for the occasion. A beautiful […]


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