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   Sol LeWitt

Wall Drawing #1252; Scribbles for Pier 88,Graphite on wall, acrylic varnish, 2008



Wall Drawing #1252; Scribbles for Pier 88

Completion Date:



Oil on canvas


24'3" x 17'3"


Passenger Ship Terminal, Pier 88


12th Avenue and 48th Street, Manhattan


Bermello & Ajamil

Sponsor Agency:

Economic Development Corporation

Design Agency:

 Economic Development Corporation


Art Commission Award for Design in Excellence 2007

Wall Drawing #1252: Scribbles (Pier88) is composed entirely of pencil scribbles on the wall, marking the modulation from black to white and black again, resulting in two striking bands of light on the wall. This drawing is part of a series of scribbled pencil wall drawings begun in 2005. Sol LeWitt created this wall drawing specifically for the passenger ship terminal at Pier 88 and it is one of the last the artist conceived in his lifetime. While LeWitt did not cite references when making wall drawings, certainly he was thinking about the state of mind of the passengers disembarking at Pier 88.  As such, he was greatly interested in creating a work that is serene, elegant, and visually striking.

About the Artist...
Sol LeWitt (1928 – 2007) was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and graduated from Syracuse University in 1949. In 1953 he moved to New York, where had his first one-person show at the John Daniels Gallery in 1965. His first wall drawing, Drawing Series II 18 (A&B), was created at the Paula Cooper Gallery in 1968. The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague presented his first retrospective exhibition in 1970, and his work was later shown in a major mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1978. His work has been featured in innumerable group exhibitions. LeWitt's pieces are in some of the most prestigious public collections in the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre National d’Art Moderne Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Turin’s Castello di Rivoli, the Moderna Museet Stockholm and the Tate Gallery, London, to name but a few.