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From November 3, 1998 through February, 1999, the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College will present an exhibition of the works of conceptual artist Sol LeWitt.

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery is open every day except Monday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is in the library at the south side of Reed's campus. The #19 bus stops on Woodstock at the entrance to the campus near the library, and parking is available. For more information, please call 503/777-7790.

The two-part exhibition will feature wall drawings and cinder block and mortar sculpture by the artist, accompanied by a small selection of LeWitt's works on paper. LeWitt wall drawings and cinder block sculptures are always created on site for a specific period of time, following the artist's instructions. The drawings are then painted over when the exhibition is finished. Wall Drawing #123 (first installation March 1972) and Wall Drawing #716 (first installation February 1993) will be on view in the gallery from November 3 to December 31, 1998. Wall Drawing #123 will be produced by Reed College students under the supervision of Reed professor of studio art Michael Knutson, gallery director Susan Fillin-Yeh, and assistant curator Silas B. Cook. This drawing itself is an ongoing part of the exhibition, offering viewers the opportunity to see in action the concepts and design of LeWitt's working process. Lucy R. Lippard, critic, cultural activist, and author of important articles and books on LeWitt and conceptual art, will lecture on LeWitt on Novermber 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Kaul Auditorium.

A pioneer of the conceptual art movement, Sol LeWitt was born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut. Although of the same generation as artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, LeWitt first gained prominence in the early 1970s as one of the founders of the conceptual art movement that was dominant toward the end of the Vietnam War. Conceptual art, Roy Ascott wrote, focuses on "what one is doing rather than the art work which results." LeWitt's works rely on a systematic approach and classical geometric components to stress the importance of reduced means, reduced emotional content, and a careful response to gallery space. LeWitt's work has been collected by major museums around the world. He recently represented the United States in the 1996 Sao Paulo Bienal in Brazil. A retrospective of his work will be featured at New York's Museum of Modern Art next year.

The Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillps Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, owns the certificates of authenticity for the drawings and has granted permission to the Cooley Gallery to make the drawings.