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Maker(s):LeWitt, Sol
Culture:American (1928-2007)
Title:Nine Part Modular Cube
Date Made:1978
Type:Sculpture
Materials:balsa wood
Measurements:Overall: 22 3/8 in x 22 1/4 in x 22 1/4 in; 56.8 cm x 56.5 cm x 56.5 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1978.81
Credit Line:Museum Purchase
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
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Label Text:
In the 1960s, LeWitt began creating a series of open geometric structures made of wood, steel, and aluminum. With their scale and geometric shapes, these sculpture embody an architectural presence that is reminiscent of the clean-line architectural aesthetic of that era. Despite the logic of the crisp, modular forms, LeWitt emphasized the intuitive nature of their creation. In the June 1967 issue of Artforum he explained: “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. This kind of art is not theoretical or illustrative of theories; it is intuitive, it is involved with all types of mental processes and it is purposeless.”

Tags:
abstract; lines; square; geometry; mathematics

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