Sol LeWitt - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Sunday, November 23, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Artist Biography

    Sol LeWitt

    American • 1928 - 2007

    Connected to the Conceptual and Minimalist art movements of the 1960s and '70s, the artist and theorist Sol LeWitt was a pivotal figure in driving 'idea' art into the mainstream art discourse. Redefining what constituted a work of art and its genesis, LeWitt explored these ideas through wall drawings, paintings, sculptures, works on paper and prints.

    Using a prescription to direct the creation of a work, the artist's hand subordinated to the artist's thoughts, in direct contrast to the Abstract Expressionist movement earlier in the century. Actions, forms and adjectives were broken down into terms, serially repeated and reconfigured: grids, lines, shapes, color, directions and starting points are several examples. These directives and constructs fueled an influential career of vast variety, subtlety and progression.

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Complex Forms Portfolio

The complete set of five etchings with aquatint in colors, on Arches 88 paper, with full margins,
all I. 19 5/8 x 13 1/2 in. (49.8 x 34.3 cm)
all S. 30 x 22 1/2 in. (76.2 x 57.2 cm)

all signed and numbered 28/39 in pencil (there were also 6 artist's proofs), published by Watanabe Studio, New York, one with minor soiling at the upper right margin, otherwise all in very good condition, all unframed.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York