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Wall drawing #23: drawing series A on aluminium box. One series on each face



Sol LeWitt

United States of America

09 Sep 1928 – 08 Apr 2007

  • Details

    Media categories
    Drawing , Sculpture
    Materials used
    painted aluminum box with pencil
    182.5 x 122.0 x 122.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed l.c. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Sol LeWitt". Not dated.

    Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Sol LeWitt/ARS. Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Sol LeWitt

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Drawn by: Adrian Piper

    First installation: Dwan Gallery, New York, September 1969

    In 1968, Seth Siegelaub asked several artists to contribute to a photocopied book, which was called the 'Xerox Book'. Seth asked Sol to contribute 25 pages and so Sol came up with a system of 24 permutations all based on lines in four directions. The changes to each line were made by rotating the numbers (1, 2, 3, 4) in four sections of four.The 25th page was the key.

    Later, Sol decided he wanted to make a more complete statement of the statement and used four different methods of change to the line (the complex version of each permutation). So, each group of 24 permutations were done in two ways, simple and complex (superimposed) versions. This was published as an artist book by Sperone Gallery in 1974, however, Sol worked out the entire system of the complex versions in 1969-1970.

    The Drawing Series are divided into four series:
    Drawing Series I: Rotation
    Drawing Series II: Mirror
    Drawing Series III: Cross & Reverse Mirror
    Drawing Series IV: Cross Reverse
    Each Drawing Series has a Simple and a Complex Version:

    Simple Versions (Series A)
    1: Vertical lines
    2: Horizontal Lines
    3: Diagonal Left to Right
    4: Diagonal Right to Left

    Complex Versions (Series B)
    1. Vertical is the same (1)
    2. Vertical + Horizontal
    3. Vertical + Horizontal + Diagonal Left to Right
    4. Vertical + Horizontal + Diagonal Left to Right + Diagonal Right to Left.

    'Wall drawing #23: drawing series A on aluminium box. One series on each face' is from Drawing Series 1A (Simple) 1, 2, 3, 4

    Information from Sofia LeWitt, 6 October 2010

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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