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Sol LeWitt
Honor Fraser, Culver City, California
Recommendation by Jody Zellen

Robert Poliodori, “Neoclassical Sculpture Gallery, J. Paul Getty Museum,” 1997, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist in conjunction with the Lapis Press.

Continuing through May 6, 2018

Sol LeWitt is often thought of as the father of conceptual art. His paragraphs and sentences on conceptual art published in the late 1960s became a primer for many artists of his generation. He called for works of art that explored basic shapes, were ephemeral and did not necessarily need to be built. Included in this selection of works spanning 1966 to 2000 are explorations of the cube and white square as a unit and in its myriad manifestations.

Through explorations using geometry, presence and absence, LeWitt created minimal forms that had maximum impact. For example, in “Open Geometric Structure IV” (1990) a simple cube created from wood and painted white becomes the letters in a complex sentence. The unit is offset and repeated as it expands along the floor, creating fascinating positive and negative relationships. It is also a treat to view two “Isometric Drawings” (1981) in which LeWitt articulates simple geometry in flattened form

Honor Fraser

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