Sol LeWitt
Incomplete Open Cubes, 1974

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Incomplete Open Cubes
Artist name
Sol LeWitt
Date created
wood, paint, gelatin silver prints, and ink on paper mounted board with transfer type
sculptures: 8 × 8 × 8 in., framed works: 26 × 14 in., base: 12 × 120 × 216 in.
Date acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund purchase: gift of Emily L. Carroll and Thomas Weisel, Jean and James E. Douglas, Jr., Susan and Robert Green, Evelyn Haas, Mimi and Peter Haas, Eve and Harvey Masonek, Elaine McKeon, the Modern Art Council, Phyllis and Stuart G. Moldaw, Christine and Michael Murray, Danielle and Brooks Walker, Jr., and Phyllis C. Wattis
© The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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LeWitt on these unfinished forms

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In Incomplete Open Cubes, Sol LeWitt has drawn a wealth of sculptural options from that simplest of three dimensional shapes: A cube. In fact, this piece was born of LeWitt’s quest for all of the ways of not making a cube, of the cube not being complete. Each possibility is mapped out three times for emphasis: As a three-dimensional model, as a two-dimensional drawing, and as a photograph. Sol LeWitt.  



Well, with some of the three dimensional open cube pieces, the idea part is simple, but the visual perception is complex. If you make a drawing of each side, for instance, itd be a square grid. But when it becomes three dimensional, you look at it, it becomes chaos. And then you walk around it again and you see it in different lines of sight, it becomes orderly again. So uh, thats what happens, but you dont think of it ahead of time— it just does happen.  

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