NEW YORK, NY.- Printed Matter
is presenting Book as System: The Artists Books of Sol LeWitt, organized by curator and editor Emanuele De Donno. The exhibition surveys the varied and historically significant publication practice of conceptual artist Sol LeWitt through a near-complete presentation of book works and related material. Presented with the participation of The Estate of Sol LeWitt, the exhibition is drawn from the expansive research of the Giorgio Maffei Archive and VIAINDUSTRIAE archive, with additional material presented from private collections. On occasion of Book as System, Printed Matter issued a facsimile reprint of LeWitts iconic Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour (1977), co-published with Primary Information.
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 showsuntil 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. Drawn to the format for its broad accessibility, LeWitt explored notions of seriality and permutation, seeing the page as a rich site for experimental sequences of line, color, geometric forms and, later on, photographic images which often took on a parallel approach to exhaustively documenting common objects and surroundings.
The exhibition starts with LeWitts 1967 Serial Project No. 1 (Aspen magazine) and features iconic publications across his career, including his submission to the legendary Seth Siegelaub-produced project known as the Xerox Book, and his contributions to the bulletin of Amsterdam-based gallery Art & Project. The extensive presentation of more than 75 book worksincluding octavo paperbacks, staplebound booklets, and folio setslends insight into LeWitts interests across conceptual, minimal and postminimal art, and his return to series and systems across various material forms.
Book as System includes the execution of Wall Drawing 350, a suite of three outlined isometric forms (trapezoid, parallelogram, triangle), realized with black crayon.