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Sol LeWitt
American, 1928-2007
Inverted Six Towers, 1987
White-painted wood
219.7 x 219.7 x 219.7 cm (86 1/2 x 86 1/2 x 86 1/2 inches)
Purchased in honor of Phillip M. Johnston, Director of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1998-2003; accessioned by the 2002-03 Fine Arts Committee; Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund 2003.24

Sol LeWitt

Inverted Six Towers

Sol LeWitt
American, 1928-2007
Inverted Six Towers, 1987
White-painted wood
219.7 x 219.7 x 219.7 cm (86 1/2 x 86 1/2 x 86 1/2 inches)
Purchased in honor of Phillip M. Johnston, Director of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1998-2003; accessioned by the 2002-03 Fine Arts Committee; Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund 2003.24

LeWitt was a pioneer of Conceptual Art. He rejected the value traditionally placed on the artist’s hand and put emphasis instead on allowing the concept alone to generate the artwork. The artist contributed the ideas, but others fabricated wall drawings and three-dimensional structures from his simple instructions. The modular structure of Six Towers exemplifies his influential Open Cube series, remarkably clear yet complex, dynamic works using only the open cube form. The monumental scale of RISD’s sculpture suggests an architectural structure and produces an optical effect that collapses the boundaries between the object and the space around and within it. Although LeWitt’s work is based on mathematical principles, he sees himself as more of a mystic than a rationalist in that he arrives at conclusions beyond mere logic.


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