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Sol Lewitt, X with Columns (1996)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
Well known since 1960s for his sculpture, graphics, and wall drawings, Sol LeWitt has been a major force in the artistic movement known as Conceptualism. Concepts or ideas are the basic materials of LeWitt's art, which often exist as a set of detailed instructions. "In Conceptual Art," he explains, "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." After the artist develops a concept, a team of artisans fabricate the artwork by following a specified plan. In X with Columns, as in his other works, LeWitt uses geometric forms and neutral materials--cinder blocks and concrete. The artist says, "the most interesting characteristic of the cube is that it is relatively uninteresting. Compared to any other 3-D form, the cube lacks any aggressive force, implies no motion, and is least emotive."
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Source: Text for Sol Lewitt, X with Columns (1996), from the curriculum guide The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: A Garden for All Seasons, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1998.
Rights: Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009