From print to song

Baldessari Sings LeWitt

From May 14, 2021 to July 10, 2021


Friday, May 14, 2021
11 am - 7 pm 


From May 14, 2021
to July 10, 2021
11 am - 7 pm
press release

"I’d like to sing for you some of the sentences that Sol LeWitt has written on conceptual art.
I feel this is a tribute to him.
In that, I think that these sentences have been hidden too long in the pages of exhibition catalogues 
and perhaps if I might sing them for you, it would bring these sentences to a much larger public.
I use the same ordering and numbering that he has.
I try to pause between in each statement for clarity and maybe that occasionally 
I’ll have to sing one sentence over more than once and that I might not get the phrasing correct".

— John Baldessari, from Baldessari Sings LeWitt, 1972

In 1972, John Baldessari (1931–2020) performed Baldessari Sings LeWitt, a videotape where the artist, sitting in a chair and clutching a sheaf of papers, sings the 35 Sentences on Conceptual Art – the manifesto of conceptual art Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) wrote in 1968 – to the tune of popular songs. Baldessari frees the sentences from the printed paper and turns them into sounds, preserving the original text while blurring it through a new, unexpected context. 

The idea of this exhibition, curated by Paola Nicolin, originates from the possibility to recall the dialogue and exchange between the two artists, presenting the 1972 video alongside a selection of works in different media unveiling the different yet similar sensibilities that guided LeWitt and Baldessari in their lifelong pursuit of art as project. 


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