Sol LeWitt at Pace Prints 2017

By on 28th November 2017

ace Prints is pleased to present an exhibition of prints by the American artist Sol LeWitt. On view October 27–December 2, 2017, the exhibition highlights a variety of works from the artist’s print œuvre, spanning from the 1980s to early 2000s.

Prominently featured in the exhibition is Horizontal Color Bands and Vertical Color Bands, a set of seven etchings with aquatint. Here, LeWitt uses the inherent quality of the aquatint medium to showcase the vibrant palette produced by overlapping “2 and 3 part combinations“ of primary colors and gray. Their textured surface bears similarity to the fresco-like quality found in his quintessential large-scale wall drawings and murals, currently on view in an extensive 25-year exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA, North Adams.)

A pioneer of conceptual art, LeWitt helped to transform the definition of contemporary art in the 1960s with his statement that “the idea becomes a machine that makes the art.” Reducing form down to its essential, the cube became the base unit for LeWitt’s artistic inquiry. For LeWitt, the cube eliminated the necessity of inventing another form, and by 1982, he furthered this investigation with derivative forms, dividing the sides of the basic cube into halves, thirds, and quarters and connecting the resulting dividing points by lines. Double Cubes in Grays and Colors Superimposed, a silkscreen from 1989 highlights LeWitt’s quintessential isometric cube, while Forms Derived from a Cube in Color from 1984 develops the motif of deconstructing and recombining the cube as a matrix for form and color.

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