Sol Lewitt: The Well-Tempered Grid

  • Publish Date: 2013-01-31
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Christianna Bonin;Erica DiBenedetto
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Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid is the first exhibition to focus on the centrality of the grid in LeWitts art. The exhibition focuses on LeWitts use of the grid as a generative matrix for his artistic production over the span of nearly five decades, from 1960 until his death in 2007. Inspired by his first encounter with the work of photographer Eadweard Muybridge in the late 1950s, LeWitt began experimenting with a loosely structured grid in several large oil paintings of 1960, based on the Muybridge motif of a running man. By 1962 he had simplified his use of this format to exclude figurative elements, and by 1964 he was making his first wall-mounted grid structures. When LeWitt made his first wall drawings in 1968 he used the grid as the underlying structural principle. Thereafter, grids became a pervasive matrix in all of the media in which LeWitt worked--three-dimensional structures, drawings and gouaches on paper, photographic cycles, artists books, furniture and wall drawings. Fully illustrated with 95 color images (and a plate section), the book includes three essays, including Charles W. Haxthausen on LeWitts relationship to the grid and classical music, especially Bach; Christianna Bonin on LeWitts relationship to Richard Serra and the wall drawing; and Erica DiBenedetto on LeWitts 1980 artists book, Autobiography, a publication consisting solely of 1,101 photographs of LeWitts New York studio, organized over 128 pages in nine-part grids.

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