Sol LeWitt - Editions & Works on Paper New York Monday, October 24, 2022 | Phillips
  • Sol LeWitt interviewed by Paul Cummings on July 15, 1974, as part of the California Oral History Project for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution:


    Mr. Cummings: When did you start doing the torn paper and the folded paper drawings?


    Mr. LeWitt: Well, the first folded paper I did was in '66, '65. Lucy has one. I just sent them out to some friends instead of Christmas cards. Then there was a show I had with Smithson and Leo Valadore at the Park Place Gallery and the announcement was folded like a grid and then the names are just written in the center. I just kept doing them.


    Mr. Cummings: You're talking about the folded one, right?


    Mr. LeWitt: These are the folded ones. Then the ripped ones I started doing about 1969, or 1970.


    Mr. Cummings: I didn't know the folded drawings had such a long history. Obscured, but


    Mr. LeWitt: Well, I never really made very much of them. I used to just give them away to friends. I never really wanted to do them as a major kind of work. I wanted them to be another kind of drawing. They do make lines and rips also. But for instance Dorothea Rockburne makes a major statement out of that, and I think they are very good. But what I do, I want to keep this a private kind of thing; that's why I want them to be sold as cheaply as possible.

    • Provenance

      Max Protetch Gallery, Washington D.C.

    • 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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Fold Drawing

Folded wove paper drawing.
11 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (29.2 x 19.1 cm)
Signed and dated '1971' in pencil, framed.

Full Cataloguing

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $11,340

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24 - 26 October 2022