Sol Lewitt Structures, 1965-2006 Nicholas Baume, Susan K. Freedman, Nicholas Baume, Rachel Haidu, Anna Lovatt, Joe Madura, Kirsten Swenson

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
15 Nov 2011
ISBN:
9780300178616
Dimensions:
226 pages: 304 x 257 x 26mm
Illustrations:
150 colour illustrations

Sol LeWitt (1928-2007), renowned for his role in establishing Conceptualism and Minimalism as dominant art movements in the postwar era, is perhaps best known for his masterful and brilliantly coloured wall drawings. Throughout his career, however, LeWitt also created many remarkable three-dimensional works suitable for display in outdoor settings.

In this handsome publication, which accompanies the first major career survey of LeWitt's 'structures', the artist's modular works are traced from their simplest manifestation in a single large-scale cube through multiple variations, with examples from the 1960s through the 1990s. Works from the 1980s onward explore the three-dimensional possibilities of diverse geometric forms, such as stars, and the introduction of new materials, including concrete block and fibreglass, stimulating experimentation with non-geometric, irregular forms on an increasing scale. The book includes an essay by Nicholas Baume and Joe Madura that provides an historical and critical context for the structures.

Additional essays by Rachel Haidu, Anna Lovatt, and Kirsten Swenson provide fresh art-historical commentary, ranging from the problematics of site for LeWitt's initial structures to the integral relationship between his drawings and three-dimensional works. Stunning colour plates record the works on display in New York's City Hall Park, supplemented by archival and historical documentation.

Nicholas Baume is director and chief curator, Public Art Fund.

"The essays making up this exemplary catalogue, a companion for a 2011 Public Art Fund exhibition of 27 works in New York's City Hall Park, offer rich treatment of LeWitt's intent, concepts, processes, fabrication, and modes of display... Lush photography illustrates the works and frequently the ways in which the public interacted with the "structures" in varied settings."-J. Decker, Choice -- J. Decker Choice

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