Noire Gallery is pleased to announce a new chapter of the “Piece Unique” series by presenting Untitled (Modular man
with syringe) by Tom Sachs at the Noire Chapel of San Sebastiano, a location that represents the artistic tradition of
The space, frescoed by Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings (double drawing: 1st wall-horizontal not straight lines not touching, 2nd wall-vertical not straight lines not touching, from Documenta 5 curated by Harald Szeemann, Kassel, 1972), hosts projects by international artists
The work, as the title suggests, is a clear reference to Le Corbusier’s Modulor. The Modulor is a metric scale, developed by Le Corbusier on the basis of anthropometric observations, based on a dimensional progression of the different parts of the human body referred to their golden section. Leonardo da Vinci, through Vitruvius’s De Architectura treatise, had already drawn the famous Vitruvian Man in order to discover mathematical proportions in the human body to improve the aesthetic and functional aspect of architecture.
The work presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010 is part of a large study that Tom Sachs created by rereading Le Corbusier.
Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing Catalog Raisonné, published by the artist in collaboration with Printed Matter, will also be
presented on the occasion of the exhibition. The publication offers Sachs’ instructions for accessing the complete catalog of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings via the Artifex Press site (Lindsay Aveilhé, Editor; and Chris Vacchio, Director of Research), alongside some of his favorite LeWitt wall drawings and accompanying diagrams.
*From Tom Sachs, August 2019 NYC:
“Sol LeWitt produced 1,352 unique wall drawings over the course of six decades. They have been installed over 3,500
times to date. The majority of these works were made before the age of the personal computer. There’s now a thorough digital documentation of all his wall drawings. It’s called: Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings Catalogue Raisonné.
Since a raisonné is never ever 100% complete (new works are discovered, other destroyed or moved), only a website
can do the concept justice. Sofia LeWitt really hit it out of the park with her collaboration with Artifex on this project. I was gonna bootleg the whole monster and print it out for the Printed Matter store, but realized it would be about 7,000 pages, so fuck it. This zine is a guide to how to access the site. The LeWitt Wall Drawing database is perfect. It really doesn’t need much more than a reminder it exists. The intention of the Catalogue Raisonné is to make Sol LeWitt’s body of work accessible”