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Incomplete Open Cubes

Sol LeWitt American

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Incomplete Open Cubes demonstrates an artistic technique integral to the art of the 1960s: seriality. Generally speaking, serial art is generated through the application of premeditated rules or plans. In this case, LeWitt systematically explored the 122 ways of "not making a cube, all the ways of the cube not being complete," per the artist. LeWitt might have taken all the necessary steps to realize each of the 122 solutions to his query, as seen here, but the work can hardly be understood as finished in the conventional sense. It would be more precise to say, according to LeWitt, that  Incomplete Open Cubes "[runs] its course," ending abruptly. Moreover, to the extent that the cubes frame and, by extension, incorporate elements from the surrounding space, they muddy the boundary between art and world.

Incomplete Open Cubes, Sol LeWitt (American, Hartford, Connecticut 1928–2007 New York), 122 Painted wooden structures and pencil on painted wooden base

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