Sol LeWitt

Geometric Figure, 1986

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Sol LeWitt

(American, 1928 – 2007)

Geometric Figure, 1986
signed and numbered PP
screenprint on paper
sheet: 25 by 25 cm.
This work is a printers proof aside from the edition of 32.

Bébert Publishers, Rotterdam

This work is included in the Sol LeWitt Prints Catalogue Raisonné under number #1986.06

AUD $ 1,500

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In Context

One of the leading figures from the generation of the 1960s minimal and conceptual artists, Sol LeWitt started out working at the reception of the Museum of Modern Art, where his colleagues included Robert Ryman, Dan Flavin, Robert Mangold and Lucy Lippard. Unlike the previous generation of abstract expressionists in New York who were mostly concerned with individual expression, Sol LeWitt and his contemporaries had a radically different understanding of art. Conceptual art, as their practices came to be known, was based on a rational investigation into the nature of art, reducing it beyond a mere reductive minimalist aesthetic to something as simple as an idea.

“In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.”

– Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt’s early work mostly centered around the cube as a compositional tool (always in white), but in his later years he started to use different geometric shapes and colours, as in the present work from 1986. Published by Bébert in Rotterdam, Sol LeWitt produced the sets of Geometric Figures in five different compositions and colours. This work is a printer’s proof aside from the edition.

Sol LeWitt’s work is collected by the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane – and by countless museums across the globe.

Sol LeWitt, Geometric Figures, 1986, silkscreens in different colour combinations, each 25.4 by 25.4 cm. 


Selected solo exhibitions
2016 Paula Cooper, New York
2012 Centre Pompidou-Metz
2009 Tate Liverpool
2008 Museum of Modern Art, New York
2000 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
2000 Portland Museum of Art
1999 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
1996 Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
1995 Gagosian Gallery, New York
1993 Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
1992 Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
1990 Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
1988 Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
1987 Cleveland Museum of Art
1984 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1983 Musée d’Art Contemporain, Geneva
1978 Museum of Modern Art, New York

Selected collections
Albertina, Vienna
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
Hirschhorn Museum, Washington
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
Kunstmuseum, Basel
Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Tate Collection, London
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

ILEANA at Explore Sydney Contemporary

Walead Beshty, Louise Bourgeois, Dorian Büchi, Michael Craig-Martin, Melissa Gordon, Richard Hamilton, Rachel Howard, Louise Lawler, Tony Lewis, Sol LeWitt, Tim Maguire, Takesada Matsutani, Edda Renouf, Bridget Riley, Peter Schuyff, Stansfield/Hooykaas, Wang Guangyi, Christopher Wool

Presented at Explore Sydney Contemporary (11-21 November 2021)

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