Modern and Contemporary
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Sol Lewitt (American, 1928–2007),
Seven-Part Variations on Two Different Kinds of Cubes
, 1967–69
painted steel, 41 ¼ x 41 ¼ in.; 104.78 x 104.78 cm
Museum purchase, 1984.29

LeWitt was a pioneer of conceptual art, in which the idea behind an artwork is as important as the resulting art object. His concepts for sculptures took the form of written instructions for completion by fabricators. He used mathematical rules to create a harmonic framework of regular shapes that were variously combined and repeated. The cube in particular, with its simple, perfect geometry, became LeWitt's ideal form. In this sculpture, four- and five-sided steel cubes are stacked in pairs, each of the units a different configuration of the basic type. The work is marked both by industrial precision and the intriguing play of shadow.

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