Why is Sol LeWitt so cool? He felt that ideas aren’t owned, they are belong to those who understand the concept. So, he applied that to his art.
Every Wall Drawing (as he calls his paintings, drawings, etc.) has an official set of directions. Then essentially anyone (though at museums it’s usually a trained draftsman) can follow them to create the piece of art.
When you purchase one of his Wall Drawings, you are buying the directions, NOT the piece of artwork on someone else’s wall. When it’s time for a Wall Drawing to change hands, they’d paint over the current piece and create a new version of it in its new home.
Meaning, there is only one official version of each Wall Drawing at any time, but it will be influenced by the draftsman and new environment each time it changes hands. Even if you wanted to move it to a different wall, you’d follow the same procedure.
Pretty cool. Today would have been Sol’s 86th birthday!
(Wall Drawing 1112, 2003)