The Collection Lambert presents a new artistic twinning (following the exhibition of the work of Francis Alÿs and Salla Tykkä), showcasing the work of two very different artists: one an American who shares his time between New Jersey and Spoletto in Italy, the other a Swiss-born artist who lives mainly in New York. Sol LeWitt is a leading exponent of the artistic revolution that took place in the USA in the mid sixties. Christian Marclay represents a path followed by artists in the 1980s and 90s, where frontiers between low- and highbrow culture were blurred, where ‘major’ and ‘minor’ artforms went hand in hand, and where art was made in a studio and music composed in nightclubs. Sol LeWitt and Christian Marclay are also great collectors (as revealed in the exhibition ‘Artists' Collections’).
Sol LeWitt is acknowledged to be one of the most influential artists of the sixties. Along with Donald Judd and Carl Andre, he was one of the founders of minimalism and pioneered an artistic revolution to which the Lambert Collection bears witness. We have a unique set of over thirty works reflecting the development of the movement. In 2000, Sol LeWitt created a huge wall drawing for the largest room of the Hôtel de Caumont based on a drawing acquired in 1987.
For the first time in France, the exhibition presents over 2,000 photographs taken by Sol LeWitt over his forty-year career. These images naturally refer to his artworks – many involve his sculptures. His approach is, however, never merely documentary; it is that of an artist using photography and drawing on its own specific characteristics.
In parallel with the monographic exhibition devoted to Sol LeWitt’s photography, the Collection Lambert presents the first major retrospective devoted to Christian Marclay in France. Swiss-born and an New Yorker by adoption, he is one of the most innovative artists of his generation, skilfully combining art and experimental music, the are in which he began his career. Some 60 works from the last twenty years will be on show, including collages, sculptures, installations and videos all reflecting the artist’s concerns: bridging the gap between what we hear and what we see, and shedding light on the social context that links sound and vision.