Sol LeWitt Trades Familiar Angles for Wavy Brushstrokes

WASHINGTON, DC—The wavy, curvilinear lines of these four prints are a complete departure from perpendicular angles that drive the majority of Sol LeWitt’s work. He developed a special process to achieve the layered affect. According to the exhibit copy LeWitt (1928-2007) “began with a drawing of wavy brushstrokes which was then photographically transferred to several metal plates and printed as aquatint. By varying the colors and the order in which the successive plates the images vary from one to the next while sharing a single basic format.”

The prints are a part of the “Multiplicity” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum on view from Nov. 11, 2011, to March 11, 2012.

All photos by Arts Observer

“Wavy Brushstrokes Superimposed #1-4,” 1995 (hand-drawn photo transfer with aquatint on paper).

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