Jim in front of the Sol (2008)

JoAnn Verburg

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Since the time that Sol LeWitt had a room, I think it was, in the Venice Biennale, I’ve been taking snapshots of his work on a regular basis. When he was alive, Sol was an acquaintance, and then later a friend, in Italy, where we had homes in the same town. These snapshots of his work always included my husband, Jim, in the foreground. So this is one of, I don’t know, maybe 50 shots I’ve made of Jim in front of Sol’s art–like a husband ’s snapshots of his wife in front of Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge, etc. I still take these snapshots today.


I would have sent this shot to Sol or, if he was gone by then, his widow, Carol, as I did with all the others. The format changed over the years. In the early days, I would have just put his address and a stamp on the back of a snapshot. More recently, I’d have sent an email.


I see this as an ongoing lifetime project. If something happens to Carol, I’ll continue to send these pictures to his daughters.

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