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Monday, 08 July 2013 18:46

Sol Lewitt Mural Heads to Manhattan

A mural by the Conceptual art pioneer, Sol Lewitt, will head to the lobby of the Jewish Community Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Wall Drawing #599; Circles 18 (1989) will be installed at the end of July, making it the 20th Lewitt work in a public space in New York City.

The drawing, which features a bull’s eye comprised of yellow, blue, red and white concentric circles, is on long-term loan from Lewitt’s estate and measures 36 by 11 feet. Scaffolding has been delivered to the site and workers have begun mapping out Lewitt’s design. Laborers will use sandpaper, cotton rags, acrylic paint, plastic buckets and water to properly install the work.

A complementary exhibition, Sol Lewitt Shaping Ideas, will be on view at the Jewish Community Center’s Laurie M. Tisch Gallery starting August 15, 2013. The show will include works on paper and time-lapse videos of installations of Lewitt’s various wall drawings. An interactive map will indicate where all of the artist’s public works are located throughout New York City.

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Richard Koshalek, the director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., announced his resignation on May 23, 2013 after three years with the institution. Koshalek’s decision was prompted by the Hirshhorn’s board of trustees’ failure to reach a consensus in regards to a plan to cover the museum’s courtyard with a temporary inflatable bubble, which has been continually stalled.

Koshalek made the announcement during a board meeting, which was centered on the bubble project. During the meeting, the 15 board members were unable to agree whether or not to continue fundraising for the project. Officials said that the bubble will remain under consideration even after Koshalek’s departure.

If created, the bubble would connect the inside and outside of the Hirshhorn and create additional space for installations and performances. Designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro, the bubble is expected to cost over $12.5 million to create and install. Fundraising efforts have brought in about $7.8 million to date.

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