Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing 519
  • Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing 519
  • 25-Nov-2014 - 12-Apr-2015
  • Gallery 316, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

“The idea or the concept is the most important aspect of the work.”
-Sol LeWitt, Paragraphs on Conceptual Art, 1967
Wall Drawing 519 covers the 80-by-11-foot back wall of Gallery 316. The installation is a lively example of Sol LeWitt’s many large-scale wall drawings that use simple lines and geometric designs. LeWitt, a leading figure in Minimalist and Conceptual art, emphasized concept over material presence in his artwork. Each wall drawing begins with a set of instructions or a diagram that is then executed by an installation team directly on the wall. LeWitt’s wall drawings have an unlimited lifespan and can be recreated in different locations. Wall Drawing 519, which was first installed in 1987, includes a red square on a yellow wall, a blue circle on a red wall, and a yellow triangle on a blue wall.

This wall drawing was installed by a team of four, including Spencer exhibition design staff and a representative from the LeWitt Estate, during a period of two weeks.