Lot Details

The complete portfolio, comprised of four woodcuts printed in colors, 1980, each signed in pencil, annotated 'I' and numbered 19/40, also annotated and numbered on the justification page, on handmade Japanese Echizen-Kizuki Hosho paper, with the original paper-covered portfolio as issued, published by Watari Gallery, Tokyo.

Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) is undeniably one of the most influential artists of our time. In the catalog for his 1978 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Curator of Drawings Bernice Rose wrote that LeWitt's innovative work that involved drawing directly on walls “was as important for drawing as Pollock’s use of the drip technique had been for painting in the 1950s.” While he is often considered to be primarily a sculptor, LeWitt has worked extensively in drawing and printmaking. His work is often based on connected open cubes, as seen in his early wall drawings based on grids. As a result of this almost clinical aesthetic, LeWitt is often associated with the groundbreaking Minimalist art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. LeWitt’s goal in creating complex conceptual works was to explore, in an impersonal way, formulas with which structures are created, focusing on abstract philosophical theories that are detached from religion and personal emotions. Absolutely essential to LeWitt's work is his conviction that the concept takes precedence over the execution.

LeWitt began exhibiting in New York in the early 1960s and his work has since been shown in galleries and museums around the world, with retrospectives held at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY).

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Margin
Location: Upper left, Overall
Notes: minor handling creases in some corners on prints. See images provided.
Degree: Minor
Area: Verso, Margin
Location: Upper left, Overall
Notes: minor time staining in upper corners of prints and moderate time staining on verso of prints. See images provided.
Degree: Moderate

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Pickup Location: Japan
  • Shipping Dimensions: 8.7 x 18.1 in. (22.1 x 45.97 cm.)
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