Sol Le Witt

Sol Le Witt
1928-2007
Untitled (folded paper drawing)
1971
Folded Strathmore paper.
23 x 23 1/16 inches (584 x 586 mm); frame: 26 1/8 x 26 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches
Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee, 2009.
© Sol Le Witt / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
2009.381
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Signed and dated lower right: S.LeWitt / February 17, 1971.

Provenance: 
Protetch-Rifkin Gallery, Washington, DC (acquired ca. 1971); Private collection, New York; (Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York)
Notes: 

Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt radically transformed the medium of drawing by exploring different supports (as in his wall drawings) and different ways of producing a drawing---for instance, by tearing or folding paper. Here, he created a grid by folding and unfolding the sheet to form a grid of sixteen squares. "I wanted them to be another kind of drawing," he said. "They do make lines." The grid relates to the sculptures based on systems of permutations and variations on the square and cube for which LeWitt became famous in the 1960s. Beyond the intellectual concept, the play of light and shadow on the folds contributes to the work's visual appeal.

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