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“Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints”
January 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
New Britain Museum of American Art will present the most extensive exhibition of Sol LeWitt’s printmaking to date. Spanning four galleries, Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints includes eighty-three objects, consisting of single prints and print series, for a total of over 250 prints, drawn from the LeWitt Collection and New Britain Museum of American Art.
The conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) is best known for his programmatic wall drawings and modular structures, but alongside these works, he generated more than 350 print projects, comprising thousands of lithographs, silkscreens, etchings, aquatints, woodcuts, and linocuts. The exhibition begins with the artist’s earliest prints: figure studies and scenes of urban life made at Syracuse University and in Hartford, Connecticut. LeWitt’s mature printmaking is explored in four thematic sections that reflect the diverse abstract languages he pursued throughout his career: “Lines, Arcs, Circles, and Grids,” “Bands and Colors,” “From Geometric Figures to Complex Forms,” and “Wavy, Curvy, Loopy Doopy, and in All Directions.”
Curated by David S. Areford, professor of art history at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the exhibition is accompanied by an in-depth catalog co-published by the New Britain Museum of American Art, Williams College Museum of Art, and Yale University Press. The exhibition and catalog highlight the essential role of printmaking in LeWitt’s oeuvre, deepening the understanding not only of the variety of LeWitt’s output but of the genealogy of his distinct geometric and linear formal language.
The exhibition is organized in partnership with Williams College Museum of Art, where the show will travel subsequently, from February 18 to June 12, 2022.