Sol LeWitt - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, October 14, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, Park City, Utah
    Waddington Custot, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective, 19 February 2000 - 25 February 2001, no. 369, p. 415 (illustrated, p. 356)
    New York, Katonah Museum of Art, Sol LeWitt: Recent Work, 22 February - 25 April 2004

  • 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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Squiggly brushstrokes

signed and dated 'Sol LeWitt 96' lower right
gouache on paper
200 x 153.7 cm (78 3/4 x 60 1/2 in.)
Executed in 1996.

£120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for £252,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 October 2021