Printed Matter and editor and curator Emanuele De Donno present BOOK AS SYSTEM—THE ARTISTS’ BOOKS OF SOL LEWITT, an exhibition of over seventy-five book works—including octavo paperbacks, staple-bound booklets, and folio sets—lending “insight into LeWitt’s interests across conceptual, minimal and post-minimal art, and his return to series and systems across various material forms.”*
“Known primarily as an installation artist and sculptor, LeWitt also produced many dozens of artists’ books starting in the late 1960s—often in association with gallery shows—until his death in 2007. LeWitt was among the first wave of conceptual artists who helped to establish a new radical framework for the publication-as-artwork, and his exemplary approach was instrumental in charting out the reaches of the medium.”*
Work includes LeWitt’s collaborations with Seth Siegelaub (Xerox Book), Art & Project, Amsterdam, and Aspen magazine. On the occasion of the exhibition, Printed Matter and Primary Information will co-publish a facsimile reprint of LeWitt’s FOUR BASIC KINDS OF LINES & COLOUR (1977).
Opening night: Friday, June 28, from 6 pm.
Exhibition runs through September 29.
231 Eleventh Avenue (at 26th Street), New York City.S
Sol LeWitt, from top: Plate from Untitled (Xerox Book) , 1968, offset lithograph, published by Wendler, New York, and Seth Siegelaub, New York, © 2019 Sol LeWitt and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Serial Project #1, 1966 (2), Aspen magazine, no. 5 + 6; Art & Project, Bulletin 43, and LeWitt proposal, 1971 (2); Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour, 1971, offset on paper, staple bound, 36 pages, collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, photograph by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago; works in the exhibition Book as System (4). Images courtesy and the estate of Sol LeWitt and Printed Matter.