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LaToya Ruby Frazier Featured in NYT

March 3rd, 2021

LaToya Ruby Frazier has a piece in the NYT this week, showcasing new work and talking about her critical approach towards American culture. “I am showing these dark things about America because I love my country and countrymen,” she says. “When you love somebody, you tell them the truth. Even if it hurts.”
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MoMA Covers Architect Philip Johnson’s Name from Wall Signage Over Fascist Views

March 3rd, 2021

MoMA has covered up the name of late architect Philip Johnson on wall signs amid allegations of his fascist views. “To move forward with the exhibition thoughtfully, honoring the communities that the artists and their works represent, we feel it’s appropriate to respect the exhibition design suggestion and cover the signage with Johnson’s name outside the Architecture and Design galleries on an interim basis,” a MoMA spokesperson said. “To confront this matter, the Museum currently has underway a rigorous research initiative to explore in full the allegations against Johnson and gather all available information. This work is ongoing.”
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Italy Looks to Art to Help Combat Overtourism

March 3rd, 2021

Italy is looking to combat its crush of tourists in major cities by leasing works from the Uffizi in Florence to smaller museums and spaces around the country, CNN reports. “We already have over 3,000 works of art on display in the Uffizi — that’s enough,” Uffizi director Eike Schmidt says.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Sol LeWitt

1928 – 2007
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Education includes:

School of Visual Arts BA, Syracuse NY

LeWitt, known for his involvement with the minimalist and conceptualist movements, typically worked in painting, drawing and sculpture.

He was a prolific artist and has been featured in hundreds of solo exhibitions. He is famous for his two and three-dimensional wall installations, including his series Wall Drawings, large-scale pieces that use entire walls as their canvas and feature an array of bright designs and patterns. The series features more than 1,200 pieces. His sculptures, which he deemed “structures” are numerous as well, and take the shape of towers, pyramids and other geometric forms; these vary in size, the largest being his monumental outdoor pieces.

His work has been exhibited at most of the world’s major museums. His first retrospective was shown at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1978. Others have been held since, including the most recent in 2000 which began at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, traveling next to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and ending its run at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

New York Times Obituary  [New York Times]