Catalogue entryThis catalogue entry discusses a group of works.
Sol LeWitt born 1928
P07061-5 Composite Series (Set of five, black/white) 1971
Set of five screenprints in black
P07061 Inscribed '35/40' b.l. and 'LeWitt' b.r.
Screenprint, 13 7/8 x 14 (32.5 x 35.6) on paper 20 1/8 x 20 1/8 (51 x 51)
P07062 Inscribed '37/40' b.l. and 'LeWitt' b.r.
Screenprint, 14 1/8 x 9 3/8 (36 x 23.8) on paper 20 1/4 x 20 (51.3 x 50.8)
P07063 Inscribed '39/40' b.l. and 'LeWitt' b.r.
Screenprint, 14 x 14 (35.5 x 35.5) on paper 20 1/8 x 20 (51 x 50.8)
P07064 Inscribed '36/40' b.l. and 'LeWitt' b.r.
Screenprint, 14 1/4 x 14 (35.8 x 35.5) on paper 20 1/8 x 20 (51.2 x 50.8)
P07065 Inscribed '38/40' b.l. and 'LeWitt' b.r.
Screenprint, 13 7/8 x 14 (35.2 x 35.5) on paper 20 1/8 x 20 (51 x 50.8)
Purchased from the artist through the Lisson Gallery (Gytha Trust) 1971
Exh: Sol LeWitt, Lisson Gallery, London, June-July 1971 (no catalogue)
Lit: SolLeWitt: Graphik 1970-1975 (Kunsthalle, Basle, and Verlag Kornfeld und Cie, Bern 1975), No.S.4, repr. pp.6-8
These screenprints are based on four directions of line (vertical, horizontal, diagonal from right to left and diagonal from left to right), which are stated in the first print (P07061) and presented in all their possible permutations in the suite.
In print 1 (P07061) they are presented in all combinations of one.Print 5 (P07065) is a summary, in a single print, of the previous four, i.e. it presents on a single sheet all the possible permutations:
In print 2 (P07062) they are presented in all combinations of two.
In print 3 (P07063) they are presented in all combinations of three.
In print 4 (P07064) they are presented in all combinations of four.
One's in line (top)This series was published by the artist, who made a page of lines, and then the printer, John Campione, made a screen which he used in the spaces and combinations that LeWitt specified. There is also an edition of 35 in yellow (S.5). LeWitt told the compiler in May 1973 that yellow is the only colour he has used on its own for editions of prints; he likes it because it is the least graphic of the primary colours and blends best with the paper.
Two's in line 2
Three's in line 3
Four's in line 4 (bottom)
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.430-1, reproduced p.430