Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour

New publication from Printed Matter, Inc. & Primary Information
June 19 - July 25, 2019

Primary Information and Printed Matter, Inc. are pleased to announce a facsimile edition of Sol LeWitt’s iconic Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour. Originally published in 1977, the publication stands as an enduring example of LeWitt’s rigorous process-driven practice which utilizes simple conceptual parameters to generate complex and formally-diverse visual works.

Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour is a composite of two earlier publications—Four Basic Kinds of Straight Lines (1969) and Four Basic Colours and Their Combinations (1971). Each left-hand page offers a black and white study of four types of lines (vertical, horizontal, right-facing diagonal, left-facing diagonal) executed in all possible combinations, while right-hand pages present a combinatory system of lines in four colors (yellow, black, red, blue). The book opens with a two-page ‘key’ overviewing all permutations that follow.

Released on occasion of Book as System: The Artists’ Books of Sol LeWitt, on view at Printed Matter through September, 2019.

Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour    was originally published in 1977 by Lisson Gallery (London), Studio International (London), and Paul David Press (New York), on the occasion of the exhibition Sol LeWitt: New Works — Structures & Early Working Drawings at Lisson Gallery.

Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour   is published by Primary Information and Printed Matter, Inc., produced in an edition of 3,500 copies, offset-printed, staple-bound, color and black & white, 34 p., 20 x 20 cm. 

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