Monday, March 16, 2009

Sol Lewitt - Double Pyramid, as seen by Burt Kimmelman

Sol Lewitt’s Double Pyramid
Whitney Museum Restaurant, 12.23.00

The other side of
the picture window,
its light borrowed from
above where the stone
blocks at street level

rest adjacent to
a hot dog wagon,
telephone booths and
people on their way
through the winter haze —

we hold whatever
glow there is, the clink
of dishes cutting
across the waves of
conversation, a

reprieve against the
dazzling colors on
the gallery walls.
How incredibly
lucky art is, its

shining like the sun,
undaunted – and we,
too, from below the
summit, in our odd
ways make it come true.

                                          from Somehow by Burt Kimmelman
                                         (Marsh Hawk Press, New York, 2005)

             Burt Kimmelman agreed to have Double Pyramid grace the pages of our blog. It's a beautiful poem as are all of his in his collection Somehow. Double Pyramid moves from the image of Lewitt's sculpture that sat outside the Whitney cafe to his thoughts on life and art. Sol Lewitt was probably quite pleased to have had this poem written (see Sentence 20 in yesterday's comment -- Successful art changes our understanding of the conventions by altering our perceptions.) Mr. Kimmelman's poem moves from line to line, five syllables at a time, a cadence you could use to climb one pyramid, descend and climb the next.

              Here's a street view of the Whitney for all of us to enjoy.


Anonymous said...

35 Sentences on Conceptual Art (21 - 25)
21. Perception of ideas leads to new ideas.
22. The artist cannot imagine his art, and cannot perceive it until it is complete.
23. The artist may misperceive (understand it differently from the artist) a work of art but still be set off in his own chain of thought by that misconstrual.
24. Perception is subjective.
25. The artist may not necessarily understand his own art. His perception is neither better nor worse than that of others.

Nadja said...

Thanks for the ekphrasis poetry. It was wonderful to go from the double pyramid, into the streets and then back to the art.