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Sol LeWitt: Forms Derived from a Cube in Two and Three Dimensions, and One Wall Work

January 8, 2020 – February 29, 2020

Exhibition View

To begin 2020, Krakow Witkin Gallery proudly announces an expansive exhibition of Sol LeWitt’s work. Through structures (LeWitt’s terminology for his three dimensional works) and gouaches, the exhibition displays forty years’ exploration of the cube. In addition, a large wall piece (“White styrofoam on black wall” from 1993) provides a bold contrast to all the rectilinear forms.

The exhibition contains an ‘open form’ structure, a ‘closed form’ structure, a ‘progression’ and an extremely rare 1968 “Hidden Cubes” structure that has never previously been exhibited.  The works on paper present two ways LeWitt drew/painted cubes — isometric and trimetric.  Furthermore, the different pieces help illuminate the processes he used to layer color on paper to create the variations of tone,  positive/negative, foreground/background and surface/depth. By not using illustrative perspective, LeWitt honors the flatness of the paper by presenting all visible sides of the cube and the background as equal.

This sense of equality is key to understanding LeWitt’s work from the date of the first piece in the show (1968) to the last (2005). Visible and hidden, monochrome and polychrome, 3D and 2D, and numerous other seeming dichotomies are treated by LeWitt as mutually significant. LeWitt’s longtime assistant, Susanna Singer, describes LeWitt’s overall practice as ‘using a vocabulary to create language.’ This exhibition gives the audience an opportunity to revel in his language and hopefully celebrate the curiosity with which LeWitt approached life.

Works In Exhibition

White styrofoam on black wall

Sol LeWitt White styrofoam on black wall 1993 Painted white styrofoam on black wall

Dimensions variable
This installation size: 120 x 495 inches (304.8 x 1257.3 cm)
First installation: Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, September 1993
First drawn by: Martine Aboucaya, Stephanie Arnaud, Sachiko Cho, Solène Merzeau
(Inventory #31021)

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The making of Sol LeWitt’s “White styrofoam on black wall”

Sol LeWitt The making of Sol LeWitt’s “White styrofoam on black wall” 1993 Painted white styrofoam on black wall

Dimensions variable
This installation size: 120 x 495 inches (304.8 x 1257.3 cm)
First installation: Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, September 1993
First drawn by: Martine Aboucaya, Stephanie Arnaud, Sachiko Cho, Solène Merzeau
(Inventory #31021)

Cube

Sol LeWitt Cube 1997 Gouache on paper

Image/paper size: 59 3/8 x 59 3/4 inches (150.8 x 151.8 cm)
Frame size: 65 3/4 x 65 7/8 inches (167 x 167.3 cm)
Signed and dated ‘S. LeWitt 1997’ lower right in graphite
(Inventory #30993)

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Working Drawing for Cubes within Hidden Cubes

Sol LeWitt Working Drawing for Cubes within Hidden Cubes 1967 Ink on paper

Image/paper size: 8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm)
Frame size: 10 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches (27.3 x 33.7 cm)
(Inventory #31016)

Cube with Hidden Cubes

Sol LeWitt Cube with Hidden Cubes 1968 Unique work in plywood and plasticard with paint, adhesive and inscribed lines in six parts

Overall: 12 x 12 x 4 3/4 inches (30.5 x 30.5 x 12 cm)
Five cubes: 4 inches, 3 1/16 inches, 2 1/8 inches, 1 5/16 inches, 15/32 inch
Base: 12 x 12 x 3/4 inches (30.5 x 30.5 x 1.9 cm)
Inscription on base, verso: “S. LeWitt 1968”
(Inventory #30839)

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2/2 Two two-part pieces using a cube with opposite sides removed

Sol LeWitt 2/2 Two two-part pieces using a cube with opposite sides removed 1968 Enameled steel sculpture

12 1/2 x 18 x 29 1/2 inches  (32 x 46 x 75 cm)
Edition of 35
Signed, numbered, dated and titled on bottom of base
(Inventory #27017)

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Cube

Sol LeWitt Cube 1979 Krylon paint on aluminum

11 x 11 x 11 inches (27.9 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm)
Edition of 35
Engraved stamped signature, edition and date with fabricators stamp on bottom
(Inventory #30806)

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Progression #2

Sol LeWitt Progression #2 2005 Syntactic polyurethane and lacquer

12 x 12 x 13 inches (30.5 x 30.5 x 33 cm)
Edition 6 of 6
Signed and numbered on bottom of base
(Inventory #18357)

Exhibition View

Sol LeWitt Exhibition View
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Isometric Cube

Sol LeWitt Isometric Cube 1991 Gouache on paper on deckled edge

Image/paper size: 11 x 11 inches (27.9 x 27.9 cm)
Frame size: 13 x 12 5/8 inches (33 x 32.1 cm)
Signed and dated ‘S. LeWitt 91’ lower right in graphite
(Inventory #30995)

Isometric Cube

Sol LeWitt Isometric Cube 1991 Gouache on paper with deckled edge

Image/paper size: 11 x 11 1/4 inches (27.9 x 28.6 cm)
Signed and dated ‘S. LeWitt 91’ lower right in graphite
(Inventory #30996)

Cube

Sol LeWitt Cube 1989 Gouache on paper with deckled edge

Image/paper size: 29 3/4 x 22 1/4 inches (75.6 x 56.5 cm)
Frame size: 34 1/2 x 27 1/4 inches (87.6 x 69.2 cm)
Signed and dated ‘Sol LeWitt 1989’ lower right in graphite
(Inventory #30991)

Exhibition View

Sol LeWitt Exhibition View
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Cube

Sol LeWitt Cube 1991 Gouache on paper

Image size: 20 3/8 x 28 1/4 inches (51.8 x 71.8 cm)
Paper size: 22 3/4 x 29 3/4 inches (57.8 x 75.6 cm)
Frame size: 24 3/4 x 32 1/4 inches (62.9 x 81.9 cm)
Signed and dated ‘S. LeWitt 91’ lower right in graphite
(Inventory #30988)

Cube

Sol LeWitt Cube 1991 Gouache on paper with deckled edge

Image size: 20 1/2 x 28 1/4 inches (52.1 x 71.8 cm)
Paper size: 22 x 29 3/4 inches (55.9 x 75.6 cm)
Signed and dated ‘S. LeWitt 91’ lower right in graphite
(Inventory #30989)

Exhibition View

Sol LeWitt Exhibition View
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Cube

Sol LeWitt Cube ca. 1984 Gouache on paper

Image/paper size: 8 5/16 x 8 1/4 inches (21.1 x 21 cm)
Signed ‘S. LeWitt’ lower right in graphite
(Inventory #30992)

Cube

Sol LeWitt Cube 1996 Etching with aquatint

Image size:  21 x 13 7/8 inches  (58 x 35.2 cm)
Plate size:  21 1/2 x 14 3/8 inches  (54.6 x 36.5 cm)
Paper size:  26 x 19 inches  (66 x 48.3 cm)Frame size:  27 3/8 x 20 1/8 inches  (69.5 x 51.1 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed and numbered lower right in graphite
(Inventory #22728)
Krakow 1989.01

Cube

Sol LeWitt Cube 1997 Photogravure

Image/plate size:  12 1/8 x 12 1/8 inches  (30.8 x 30.8 cm)
Paper size:  15 5/8 x 14 1/8 inches  (39.7 x 35.9 cm)
Edition of 25
Signed and numbered lower right
(Inventory #29204)
Krakow 1997.04

Open Cube in Black on White

Sol LeWitt Open Cube in Black on White 2004 Linocut on Somerset Satin White paper with deckled edge

Image size: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches (31.1 x 31.1 cm)
Paper size: 17 x 17 inches (43.2 x 43.2 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed and numbered lower right in graphite
(Inventory #29707)
Krakow 2004.02

Open Cube in White on Black

Sol LeWitt Open Cube in White on Black 2004 Linocut on Somerset Satin White paper

Image size: 11 x 11 inches (28 x 28 cm)
Paper size: 14 x 14 inches (35.5 x 35.5 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed and numbered lower right in graphite
(Inventory #29719)
Krakow 2004.01

Serial Project No. 1 (ABCD), Announcement for Sol LeWitt Exhibit, Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, April 1

Sol LeWitt Serial Project No. 1 (ABCD), Announcement for Sol LeWitt Exhibit, Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, April 1 1967 Offset lithograph

Edition of 50
Image size: 12 5/8 x 13 3/4 inches  (32.1 x 34.9 cm)
Paper size: 14 x 14 inches  (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
(Inventory #21197)
Krakow 1967.01

Serial Project

Sol LeWitt Serial Project ca. 1966, dedicated 1967 Ink on paper

Image/paper size: 14 x 17 inches (35.6 x 43.2 cm)
Frame size: 16 x 20 1/8 inches (40.6 x 51.1 cm)
Signed and dated “For Don Vlack Feb 1 1967-Sol LeWitt” upper left corner
(Inventory #28130)