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6:15am — Vandals Target NMSU Sculpture

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Work by noted American sculptor Sol LeWitt defaced with graffiti this week.

A sculpture on the New Mexico State University campus created by renowned American sculptor Sol LeWitt was defaced by graffiti vandals this week, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

“I think it’s deplorable. It’s one of the most interesting sculptures in Las Cruces, made by an important American artist,” Preston Thayer, director of the University Art Gallery, told the Sun-News.

The piece was installed in 1982 between the English and Speech building and Milton Hall and was funded through a National Endowment of the Arts grant and a “1 Percent for Art” program that helped pay for public art near public places, the paper reported.

LeWitt, who died two years ago at the age of 78, was best known for his work in the late `60s with wall drawings and “structures” — a term he preferred to “sculptures” — and was part of the Conceptual Art and Minimalist movements in modern art.

 

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