- Sol Lewitt
- Incomplete Open Cube
Five Part Variation No.5 (5-5)
- baked enamel on aluminium
Acquired directly from the above by the late owner
Many conceptualist artists claim that the concept, or the idea, of the work of art is more important that the work itself, and it cannot be denied that this took primacy for LeWitt. In this concern and preoccupation with the mental qualities that make up the foundations of artistic production and reception, LeWitt could be said to follow on from the similar fifteenth century concerns with perspective of Paolo Ucello, or the later scientific considerations of Georges Seurat. Whilst LeWitt’s pieces are without doubt fixed to the cerebral, analytical and geometric systems, these should not and do not obscure the visual impact of the works which cannot be reduced to words or simply an idea. The immediate experience is visual and LeWitt’s works are remarkable in their lucidity and purity, together with their intellectual grounding. Even though he stressed ‘the idea becomes a machine that makes the art’, he also allowed the viewer their own visual experience, saying ‘it doesn’t really matter if the viewer understands the work. Once it is out of his hand the artist has no control over how the viewer will view the work. Different people will understand the same thing in a different way,’ (Sol LeWitt, 'Paragraphs on Conceptual Art', 5:10, Summer 1967, pp. 79–84). In their monochromatic and structural clarity, these three pieces by Sol LeWitt in the Casagrande collection prompt intellectual consideration and visceral awe when placed in front of the viewer.