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Maker(s):LeWitt, Sol
Culture:American (1928-2007)
Title:Composite Series, Plate #05
Date Made:1970
Materials:Four-color screen print on Strathmore paper
Measurements:overall: 20 in x 20 in; 50.8 cm x 50.8 cm; Frame: 24 in x 24 in x 13/16 in; 61 cm x 61 cm x 2.1 cm
Accession Number:  UM 1984.24.2
Credit Line:Gift of Werner H. and Sarah-Ann Kramarsky
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Set of four horizontal quadrants of tightly-spaced lines. In the top quadrant is comprised of four equally-sized squares that each contain their own color and directional lines. The first square, black horizonal lines; the second, yellow vertical lines; the third, blue diagonal-left lines; and the fourth, red diagonal-right lines. The first square contains black horizontal lines. The second contains six rectangles. Each rectangles is composed of a combination of lines and colors from the first row that are superimposed together. The rectangles in this row are dark green, navy blue, dark red, light green, orange, and purple. The third row contains four squares, with each line and color variation derived from the previous row. The color of the first square is blue-green; the second is red-orange, the third square is violet, and the final square is more neutral similar to tan. The last row consists of a combination of all four colors and their lines directions. The four horizantal quadrants together form a square shape.

Label Text:
Excerpt from wall label, for the exhibition “The Unexpected Encounters of Looking Again,” November 28 - March 15, 2007:
LeWitt is primarily concerned with the idea of a work. He uses an elementary vocabulary of forms based on the straight line, the square and the grid. The work in this exhibition exemplifies LeWitt’s commitment to the formal properties of line and color as expressive of the idea. These forms create a richness and depth that simultaneously delineate and blur line and color. In this work, LeWitt’s rigid commitment to the grid rises off of the paper to create a textured, three dimensional quality in this two dimensional work. - Rebecca Karp (M.A. '08)

abstract; lines; square; rectangles; color theory

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