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As one of his earlier conceptual works, Sol LeWitt uses a sheet of mounted postage stamps in order to explore ideas of seriality through the repetition of imagery. Using the grid layout prescribed by the page of stamps, LeWitt hints at the varied scheme which determines an overall form, transforming the mass reproductions of Thomas Eakins’ ‘The Biglin Brother’s Racing’ into an aesthetic display of sequencing and iteration.

Framed: 13.25 x 13.25 in.

Considered a founder of the Minimalist and Conceptualist movements, American artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) was known for his brightly colored sculptures, paintings, installations, and architectural designs which employed geometric forms, abstracted progressions, and visually complex compositions. Gaining notoriety in the late 1960s, LeWitt tested the psychological perception of viewers as well as contemporary notions of visual aesthetics with his vivid works of geometric abstraction and minimalism. The artist received his BFA from Syracuse University and studied at the School of Visual Arts. Since 1965, he has been the subject of hundreds of solo exhibitions in museums and galleries 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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Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, NY)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Tears / Holes
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Area: Other area
Location: Upper right, Lower left
Notes: There is moderate damage to the frame throughout, especially lower right edge. There is also and puncture in the upper right backing. No damage to image.
Degree: Moderate

Definition Key
Area
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.



Degree
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.

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Provenance:
  • Acquired directly from the artist.
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 in. (25.4 x 21.59 cm.)
Accepted: Wire Transfer
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