Sol LeWitt. Squares with a Different Line Direction in Each Half Square. 1971
Sol LeWitt

Squares with a Different Line Direction in Each Half Square

1971
Not on view
Medium
Portfolio of ten etchings
Dimensions
each plate: 7 3/16 x 7 5/16" (18.3 x 18.6 cm); each sheet: 14 7/16 x 14 3/8" (36.7 x 36.5 cm)
Publisher
Parasol Press, New York, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Printer
Crown Point Press, Oakland
Edition
25
Credit
Gift of the artist, Parasol Press, and the Wadsworth Atheneum
Object number
390.1981.1-10
Copyright
© 2015 Sol LeWitt / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Type
Portfolio
Department
Drawings and Prints

Sol LeWitt brings his conceptual aesthetic to every medium he explores, from sculpture to wall drawing to his prolific work as a printmaker. Beginning in the mid-1960s, with a simple artistic vocabulary of lines and cubes, LeWitt used systems to devise an art free from stylistic and iconographic associations. It was the ideas that underlie and inform these systems that became the content of his work. Prints and portfolios have been an exceptionally fertile vehicle for him to experiment with such conceptual strategies and have become an integral part of his overall approach. He has completed nearly three hundred editioned print projects and more than fifty artist's books as his work evolved from rigorous studies of straight lines and primary colors to looser investigations of curving forms and luscious overlapping tones.

LeWitt was immediately drawn to etching because of its inherently linear nature, which allowed for extended exploration of his compositional ideas. In this first portfolio of etchings, from 1971, he printed the entire series of ten works from only two plates, rotating and overprinting them in various configurations, incorporating the printing process into his systemic approach.

Since the mid-1980s he has repeatedly depicted three-dimensional forms in his wall drawings and works on paper. In a recent tour-de-force series of five linoleum cuts, he distorts, elongates, and compresses the cube in a Mannerist study of perspective and shape. The twenty-one cubes were carved on separate blocks, which were then assembled like a jigsaw puzzle into a rectangular frame. Each print in the series reflects one of four possible configurations of the twenty-one blocks with concurrent changes in color. In typical LeWitt fashion, he experimented with printmaking's flexibility by also creating a black-and-gray version of one of the four to complete the series.

Publication excerpt from Deborah Wye, Artists and Prints: Masterworks from The Museum of Modern Art, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2004, p. 194

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