sol lewitt: map works

SOL LEWITT  A Square of Chicago Without a Trapezoid   1979 A Square of Chicago Without a Trapezoid 1979 A Square of Chicago Without a Circle and Triangle 1979 Photographic reproduction on paper with areas removed Unframed: 24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm) Framed: 25 3/4 x 25 3/4 in. (65.4 x 65.4 cm) A Square of Chicago Without a Circle and Triangle, 1979 Manhattan with Roosevelt Island Removed, 1978 cut black and white photograph Dimensions:  15.87 X 15.87 in (40.31 X 40.31 cm) Manhattan with Roosevelt Island Removed, 1978 R747: Photo of Part of Manhatt an with the Area Between 117 Hester St, 420 W. Broadway and Morty’s Liquor Store Cut Out, 1978 Cut silver gelatin print Unframed: 15 7/8 x 15 7/8 in. (40.3 x 40.3 cm) Framed: 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. (48.9 x 48.9 cm) Photo of Part of Manhatt an with the Area Between 117 Hester St, 420 W. Broadway and Morty’s Liquor Store Cut Out, 1978 SOL LEWITT R647: Map of Amsterdam with the area between the Dam, Art and Project, Utrechtse-Brug, Zeeburgerstraat and Achtergracht removed 1976 Paper map with area removed Unframed: 25 3/4 x 32 in. (65.4 x 81.3 cm) Framed: 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm) Map of Amsterdam with the area between the Dam, Art and Project, Utrechtse-Brug, Zeeburgerstraat and Achtergracht removed, 1976

This series of early (1967 to 1979) paper works by Sol LeWitt…is part of his “100$ Drawings” which rotates around the idea of a minimal yet strong action imposed to a map. Geometrical shapes or specific areas are removed from satellite photos or cartographies of recognizable cities (New York, Chicago, Amsterdam, London, Florence) leaving a blank space as background. These works show LeWitt’s early explorations of the conceptual practice and already embody his focus on geometric form as well as the key concepts in LeWitt’s research against the commodification of art. The simple action applied on the maps is impersonal, it responds to a set of instructions allowing anyone to reproduce the artwork, independently from the author. Challenging the informations [sic] embodied in a map through the simple acts of tearing, cutting and folding, the artist plays with the notion of dislocation and disembodiment.

images & text from article on socks studio by mariabruna fabrizi

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