Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour

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

New Publication

Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour Printed Matter, Inc. and Primary Information

We are thrilled to release a facsimile reprint of Sol LeWitt’s iconic Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour, co-published by Printed Matter, Inc. & Primary Information. Published in 1977 by Lisson Gallery, Studio International, and Paul David Press, the 34 page staple-bound book stands as an early example of LeWitt’s rigorous, algorithmic process in which a set of rules is run through its permutations to generate corresponding images. First in overview and then in detail, the publication sets down all possible combinations in overlaying four basic lines (vertical, horizontal, right-facing diagonal, left-facing diagonal) followed by a distinct combinatory system of four basic colors (yellow, black, red, blue). Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour (1977) follows the prior publication of LeWitt’s Four Basic Kinds of Straight Lines (Studio International, 1969) and Four Basic Colours and their Combinations (Lisson Gallery, 1971), synthesizing the two parallel systems of line and color described in each of those works.

Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour is produced in an edition of 3,500 copies, offset-printed, staple-bound, color and black & white, 34 p., 20 x 20 cm. This facsimile reprint is published with the permission of The Estate of Sol LeWitt.

Retail — $16.00. Available for purchase late June/July. Please write to with inquiries.

US wholesale distribution of this title is available through DAP.