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See Sol LeWitt's Photographs of the 1970s Lower East Side at the Mondrian SoHo

Sol LeWitt called downtown New York home from the 1950s, when he was a burgeoning artist who moonlighted as a night receptionist at MoMA, until the early ‘80s, when he took off for Italy. In 1979, the conceptual artist snapped several photographs of the Lower East Side, then a gritty neighborhood of immigrants. 120 of those photographs will now be permanently on view at the Mondrian SoHo, thanks to a collaboration with independent curator Adam Shopkorn, the LeWitt Foundation, and Paula Cooper Gallery. Entitled "SOL LEWITT: On the Walls of the Lower East Side," the outdoor installation, on one of the hotel’s walls near its Lafayette Street entrance, marks the first time this body of work will be exhibited in New York. Printed on vinyl, the grid of photographs is arranged in groups of three on a wall measuring 20-feet high and 60-feet wide. The images depict a melange of the neighborhood’s Puerto Rican, Jewish, and Chinese diasporas. The photos capture the L.E.S.'s rich history, from images of flyers wheat-pasted on walls to urban graffiti and vintage store signs. The exhibition offers a unique peek at what is, of course, a serious departure from the late LeWitt's signature Minimalist style. Outdoor art seems to be the wave of the future for New York's hotels. The Mondrian SoHo’s LeWitt installation follows a quite different project at another New York hotel, the Standard, which over the summer displayed KAWS’s enormous 16-foot cartoon sculpture, "Companion (Passing Through)." In 2009, the SoHo Grand presented an exhibition of Andy Warhol's screen tests in its outdoor space, the Yard.
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