The Boston Globe reviews Sol LeWitt: The Well Tempered Grid, at Williams College Museum of Art as well as LeWitt’s retrospective at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
A lot of the time, although the work is the logical outcome of a given set of rules, those rules cannot be grasped simply by looking at it. Only after you have read the instructions, or looked at one of LeWitt’s diagrams parsing the work, does it fully make sense. And yet even without the benefit of having it all unpacked in this way, it’s possible to grasp the presence of an idea, a structure, and the beauty of its manifestation. –Sebastian Smee