"Four-Sided Pyramid" by Sol LeWitt - National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
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Quick Description: "Four-sided Pyramid" is a concrete and mortar sculpture created by conceptual artist, Sol LeWitt. The piece was installed in the sculpture garden in 1999.
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 7/28/2008 3:46:51 PM
Waymark Code: WM4A90
The National Gallery of Art's Website gives this information on the piece:
From the early 1960s to the present, Sol LeWitt has been at the forefront of minimal and conceptual art. LeWitt's "structures" (a term he prefers to sculpture) are generally composed with modular, quasi-architectural forms. For many of his works, LeWitt creates a plan and a set of instructions to be executed by others. Four-Sided Pyramid was constructed on this site by a team of engineers and stone masons in collaboration with the artist. The terraced pyramid, first employed by LeWitt in the 1960s, relates to the setback design that had long been characteristic of New York City skyscrapers. Its geometric structure also alludes to the ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia.
The Columbia Encyclopedia says this about LeWitt:
LeWitt, Sol, 1928–2007, American artist, b. Hartford, Conn. LeWitt, who came into prominence in the 1960s, termed his work conceptual art, emphasizing that the idea or concept that animates each work is its most important aspect. He is probably the artist most often linked with the conceptual art movement. Reflecting his study of mathematics, Lewitt reduced the contents of his art to the most basic shapes, colors, and lines, creating modular cubes and grid structures, geometric “wall drawings,” and serial graphics. His work is represented in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, and in other major American museums.
Location of Pyramid: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Approximate Date of Construction: first installation in 1997, gifted to National Gallery in 1999
Website: [Web Link]
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