Sol LeWittFive Open Geometric Structures 1979

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Artist
Sol LeWitt (1928‑2007)
Title
Five Open Geometric Structures
Date 1979
MediumMahogany
Dimensionsdisplayed: 920 x 6720 x 914 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Reference
T07144
Not on display

Summary

LeWitt’s early practice was based on a desire to redefine art and to move away from what he (and others) perceived as the emotional excesses of the Abstract Expressionist movement, which had reached its peak in the 1950s. Turning away from the American abstract expressionist ‘fathers’, he looked instead to the post-Cubist European ‘grandfathers’, such as the Russian and German Constructivists of the 1910s and 20s. His search for a non-expressionistic means of making forms, which could bypass the subjective, led him to geometry and quasi-logical systems.

LeWitt began making open geometric structures in the mid-1960s. At the same time he formulated a serial approach to art making in which the progression or development of a structure was preset by an initial determining idea. He used the cube as his basic primary structure and the common denominator of works which followed the principle of elementary progression through addition or subtraction. Initially painted black, by the late 60s his open-grid structures were universally painted white… (read more)

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