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Description - Sol LeWitt by Nicholas Baume

Begun in 1974, "Incomplete Open Cubes" is a sophisticated and elaborate expression of conceptualist art - making by Sol LeWitt, one of the most influential abstract artists of his generation. No other serial project by LeWitt or his contemporaries embodies with such eloquence so many of the central artistic concerns of the period. "Incomplete Open Cubes" exemplifies the deployment of a single idea to become, in LeWitt's words, "a machine that makes the art." The work forges a new way of making art in its ambitious use of a serial system that enables a kind of "noncompositional composition." The translation of the same idea into different scales and media is another key aspect of the work. All 122 variations in the series exist in three dimensions, from a set in which each cube is 2 1/2 inches square to the 40 inches square human-scaled versions. There are also entire sets of photographs, drawings, working sketches and notes, and an artist's book.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262523110
ISBN-10: 0262523116
Format: Paperback
(280mm x 216mm x 5mm)
Pages: 116
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Nicholas Baume

Nicholas Baume is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum and the editor of About Face: Andy Warhol Portraits (MIT Press, 2000). Jonathan Flatley is Assistant Professor, Department of English, the University of Virginia, and the coeditor of Pop Out: Queer Warhol. Pamela M. Lee is Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University, and the author of Object to Be Destroyed: The Work of Gordon Matta-Clark (MIT Press, 2000).

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