DECADE Duo: Sol LeWitt and Nancy Rubins
In addition to highlighting works in the ten themes of DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012, we will also be doing a series of posts about two artists included in the exhibition whose works share certain commonalities, whether it be materials, subject matter, or even just proximity in the exhibition.
We chose our first “DECADE Duo”—Sol LeWitt and Nancy Rubins—because both their works currently on view employ graphite to create mesmerizingly complex surfaces.
In a process documented on this blog, a team of sixteen artists used 1,717 pencil leads to create LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #1268: Scribbles: Staircase (AKAG), conceived 2006; executed 2010, according to the artist’s instructions: Line, continuous gradation, and feel of steel. The work is composed solely of scribbles of varying densities and covers three walls surrounding the Gallery’s main staircase.
In her aptly titled Drawing, 2007 (background), Nancy Rubins heavily applied graphite to large sheets of paper, then tore and attached them to the wall, pushing the usually two-dimensional realm of drawing into three dimensions.
Image: © 2012 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. © 2007 Nancy Rubins. Photograph by Tom Loonan.