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Gelatin silver print
Image: 26.7 x 26.7 cm (10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.); Paper: 27.9 x 27.9 cm (11 x 11 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1998.106.b
© The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Conceived with exacting precision, these twelve photographs reveal the progressive expansion of a white cube in a black void. The cube has been an important element in LeWitt's visual vocabulary throughout his career. He has repeatedly investigated its sculptural possibilities and its role as a modular unit (the museum's collection includes one of the artist's sculptures based on repeated cubes, 24C, of 1991, on view in gallery 239). In these images he systematically explored the shape in two-dimensional form, beginning with a tiny cube suspended in a dark, undefined space. With each succeeding photograph, the cube appears to advance and become proportionately larger. The sequence ends with a cropped close-up of a corner of the cube—seen as three distinct fields of gray, black, and white. A distinguished painter, sculptor, muralist, and printmaker, Sol LeWitt has long used photography to record his visual ideas. In all the media he uses, he explores repetition of form and the refinement of visual perception.
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