Announcement Cards (and more) of Sol LeWitt

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  • Open Geometric Structures        Sol LeWitt        Books / Out of Print Books        $5.00
  • Projects Class 1969        Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Joseph Kosuth, Douglas Huebler, Lawrence Weiner, Mel Bochner, Robert Smithson, ed., David Askevold and Robert Barry        Books / Out of Print Books        $800.00
  • Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 70 Photocopied Certificate and Diagram        Sol LeWitt        Out of Print        $275.00
  • Dusseldorf: Konrad Fischer, 1969 [Postcard]        Sol LeWitt        Postcards        $75.00
  • Arcs & Lines, Lines & Lines [Postcard]        Sol LeWitt        Postcards        $75.00
  • Lines From Four Sides of Four Walls… [Postcard]        Sol LeWitt        Out of Print        $40.00
  • Geometrical Figures / New Wall Sculptures [Postcard]        Sol LeWitt        Postcards        $50.00
  • Plan for Konrad Fischer’s Galerie [Postcard]        Sol LeWitt        Postcards        $100.00

Sol LeWitt came to prominence in the 1960s with both two- and three-dimensional work that favored logical systems over Abstract Expressionism, creating artwork that reckoned with geometric form as both physical and conceptual gesture. His experiments in Minimalism expanded traditional definitions of art with radical implications, emphasizing the importance of the determining idea of a piece over the physical piece itself. In a 1967 essay for Artforum, ‘Paragraphs on Conceptual Art,’ LeWitt coined the term ‘conceptual art’ to describe his philosophy. “In conceptual art,” he wrote, “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. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art.” LeWitt’s wall drawings, which may be his best-known works, take this philosophy to its natural extreme. These revolutionary works start as brief written instructions or simple diagrams, just specific enough to ensure straightforward execution. LeWitt’s involvement, however, ends with these instructions, and execution of the drawing itself is left to others: LeWitt’s concept is the art, not the finished drawing. Included in this selection is one such set of instructions – Wall Drawing 70 Photocopied Certificate and Diagram – a document which outlines a larger wall piece in concept, and authenticates its creation. Also included in this selection are several original postcards promoting LeWitt’s exhibitions in the 60s and 70s at Konrad Fischer Galerie in Düsseldorf, Germany. Founded in 1967, Konrad Fischer Galerie was among the earliest champions of Minimal, Post-Minimal and Conceptual art in Europe, and the site of the first European solo shows of many influential artists including Bruce Nauman, Richard Long, Lawrence Weiner and Sol LeWitt himself. Characteristically, several of these cards feature written instructions or descriptions of pieces rather than the pieces themselves. “Projects Class 1969” is a collection of project proposals submitted by LeWitt and other prominent conceptual artists of David Askevold’s revolutionary Projects Class at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design: LeWitt’s contribution encourages students to create works that are subversive and are not original, among other options.

Checklist
  1. Sol LeWitt
    Open Geometric Structures
    London, UK: Lisson Gallery, 1979
    Out of stock
  2. Sol LeWitt
    Dusseldorf: Konrad Fischer, 1969 [Postcard]
    Düsseldorf, Germany: Konrad Fischer, 1969
    Out of stock
  3. Sol LeWitt
    Arcs & Lines, Lines & Lines [Postcard]
    Düsseldorf, Germany: Konrad Fischer, 1972
    Out of stock
  4. Sol LeWitt
    Lines From Four Sides of Four Walls… [Postcard]
    Düsseldorf, Germany: Konrad Fischer, 1975
    Out of stock
  5. Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Joseph Kosuth, Douglas Huebler, Lawrence Weiner, Mel Bochner, Robert Smithson, ed., David Askevold and Robert Barry
    Projects Class 1969
    Halifax, Canada: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1969
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  6. Sol LeWitt
    Geometrical Figures / New Wall Sculptures [Postcard]
    Düsseldorf, Germany: Konrad Fischer, 1977
    Out of stock
  7. Sol LeWitt
    Plan for Konrad Fischer’s Galerie [Postcard]
    Düsseldorf, Germany: Konrad Fischer, 1971
    Out of stock
Last updated 4/23/2015
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