Believing all works, however experimental or preparatory, to be of as equal import as the final version, LeWitt explored the interactions between colors and lines, prioritizing the essential rather than narrative features of the work of art. In “Horizontal Brushstrokes (Black on Color)” LeWitt develops his signature wavy lines in black on top of a gray background. By eliminating any stark color contrast, LeWitt conducts a detailed investigation into types of linework and the variations of their perceptual impact.

Sol Lewitt was represented in the 1976, 1980, 1988, and 1997 editions of the Venice Biennale.

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Alva Gallery, New London, Connecticut
Jason Rulnick, New York
Private collection
Acquired from above by present owner

No apparent condition issues.
Frame: 29 x 36 x 3 in (73.66 x 91.44 x 7.62 cm)

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Solomon "Sol" LeWitt (American, 1928-2007) was an American artist who contributed greatly to Conceptual art and Minimalism of the post-war era. He used simple shapes and colors as fundamental elements of his drawings, installations and structures. In 1960, he took an entry-level job at the Museum of Modern Art, where he met Dan Flavin, Robert Ryman, Lucy Lippard, and Robert Mangold. Together, through the “Sixteen Americans” exhibition (The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1959-1960), they were introduced to the work of Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, and Robert Rauschenberg. His works range from wall drawings to several hundreds of works on paper, as well as a number of three-dimensional structures.

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Horizontal Brushstrokes (Black on Color), 2005
Lot Number 49
Gouache on paper
22 x 30 in (55.88 x 76.2 cm)
Signed and dated on lower right, recto

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Horizontal Brushstrokes (Black on Color)
  • Dimensions
    22 x 30 in (55.88 x 76.2 cm)