Sol LeWitt
Wall Drawing #295: Six Superimposed Geometric Figures
White chalk on black wall
120 x 132 in. (304.8 x 335.3 cm)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with matching funds of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Modern and Contemporary Art Council

Sol LeWitt's early wall drawings were radical because they were temporary and were meant to be executed by others based on the artist's directions. These qualities undercut the value the market traditionally placed on the material art object and evidence of the artist's touch, helping to redefine the way contemporary art was bought and sold. LeWitt's instructions for making Wall Work #295 provide a blunt description of the piece: "Six white geometric figures (outlines) superimposed on a black wall." The work belongs to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), whose staff use this sentence as a guide when they re-create it for exhibition. Theoretically, should the museum and the artist allow it, it could be shown in multiple places at the same time. In 2000, during a large retrospective of LeWitt's work, the piece was exhibited at LACMA and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art simultaneously.