Composite Series

Sol LeWitt

(Hartford, Connecticut, 1928 - 2007, New York)


Screenprint on paper

14 x 14 in. (35.6 x 35.6 cm)

Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John A. McAlonan Trust Fund

1975.9 b

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A highly influential conceptual artist, Sol LeWitt investigated seriality not only as a format but also as content. Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic studies of figures in motion, two of which are on view in this exhibition, sparked LeWitt’s early interest in serial imagery. On working in series, LeWitt suggested: “it is best that the basic unit be deliberately uninteresting so that it may more easily become an intrinsic part of the entire work.” The artist famously described his way of working: “…all the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes the machine that makes the art.” Composite Series overlays lines oriented horizontally, vertically and diagonally—a simple basis leading to rich visual results. The first print presents each orientation alone; the second, third and fourth in combinations of two, three and four directions respectively; the fifth includes all possible combinations.


editioned and signed in graphite

Abstract art
United States