Carol Vogel’s Inside Art column registers the sale of two Sol LeWitt sculptures from Madison Park:
In 2005, shortly after two commissioned sculptures by Sol LeWitt — “Circle With Towers” and “Curved Wall With Towers” — were installed in Madison Square Park, he donated both works to the Madison Square Park Conservancy, which oversees that green space between Madison and Fifth Avenues, from 23rd to 26th Street. The gift from LeWitt, who would die two years later, was intended to help the conservancy establish an endowment for its exhibition program.
In February “Circle With Towers,” was sold to Landmarks, the public art program at the University of Texas at Austin. And last year “Curved Wall With Towers” was sold to the Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea. The sales raised $1.4 million for the Sol LeWitt Fund for Artists Work.
“This provides us with a great cushion,” said Debbie Landau, the president of the conservancy, “so that we can continue the quality and variety of art projects in the park.”
Inside Art: LeWitt Sculptures Sold (New York Times)