LAWRENCE — The Spencer Museum of Art’s recently acquired “Wall Drawing 519” by Sol LeWitt has been reinstalled at the University of Kansas School of Business in Capitol Federal Hall. The large-scale installation was previously on view at the Spencer Museum before the building closed for renovation last spring.
For each of his wall drawings, LeWitt — a leading figure in minimalist and conceptual art — developed a set of instructions or a diagram that assistants could follow to install the work directly onto a wall. Wall drawings can be removed and repainted in different locations, giving them an unlimited lifespan.
“The presence of the LeWitt wall drawing at the innovative new School of Business exemplifies our dedication to extending the museum’s collections and programs beyond our walls,” said Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy. “The conceptual nature of LeWitt’s wall drawing, which shifts and transforms according to its location, makes it an ideal work to share with our KU partners.”
“Wall Drawing 519” consists of a red square on a yellow background, a blue circle on a red background and a yellow triangle on a blue background. A team led by a representative of the LeWitt Estate installed the work over two weeks on the first floor of Capitol Federal Hall. The wall drawing faces Capitol Federal Hall’s central atrium and Naismith Drive.
“It is truly an honor to house one of the Spencer Museum’s most prized works,” said School of Business Dean Neeli Bendapudi. “The LeWitt installation typifies the vibrant culture of the KU campus, and we are excited to feature this recent addition to the Spencer collection.”
The public can view “Wall Drawing 519” in its newest form at Capitol Federal Hall’s grand opening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 16.