Sol LeWitt, ‘Circles and arcs from four sides’, Christie's

Sol LeWitt (1928-2007)

Circles and arcs from four sides

signed, titled and dated 'Circles and arcs from four sides Sol LeWitt 11/71' (on the reverse)

ink on paper

7 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (19.6 x 19.6 cm.)

Drawn in 1971.

Signature: signed, titled and dated 'Circles and arcs from four sides Sol LeWitt 11/71' (on the reverse)

Bordeaux, CAPC Musée d'art contemporain and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Collection Sonnabend: 25 Années de Choix et d'Activités d'Ileana et Michael Sonnabend, May 1988-February 1989, p. 181 (illustrated).

Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Sammlung Sonnabend: Von der Pop-art bis heute Amerikanische und europäische Kunst seit 1954, February-May 1996, p. 99 (illustrated in color).

Saratoga Springs, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College; Columbus, Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University and Milwaukee Art Museum, From Pop to Now: Selections from the Sonnabend Collection, June 2002-May 2003, p. 99 (illustrated).

S. LeWitt, Arcs, from corners & sides, circles, & grids and all their combinations, Kunsthalle Bern, 1972, no. 59 (illustrated).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent from the above to the present owner

About Sol LeWitt

One of the leading exponents of Conceptual art, Sol LeWitt stressed the idea behind his work over its execution. “A blind man can make art if what is in his mind can be passed to another mind in some tangible form,” he once said. LeWitt is best known for his large-scale “Wall Drawings,” rigorous arrays of designs, shapes, grids, and colors rendered in pencil and paint in coherence with strict instructions and diagrams to be followed in executing the work. LeWitt made over 1,200 of these works in his career, his visual vocabulary in strong alignment with Minimalism despite his rejection of the movement. His “structures”, as he preferred to call sculptures, were variations on geometric shapes, constructed from steel, polyurethane, or concrete, often featuring stacked cubes without sides. LeWitt is one of the seminal artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, influencing artists like Eva Hesse and Frank Stella, among countless others.

American, 1928-2007, Hartford, Connecticut, based in Chester, Connecticut