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NEW YORK—The Paula Cooper Gallery will exhibit two new structures by Sol LeWitt at 534 West 21st Street, concurrent with the LeWitt retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. These works will be on view from 8 December 2000 through 13 January 2001.

A large structure comprised of six walls, each measuring 12 feet high and 16 feet long, will be installed in the main gallery space. While arranged in a hectagonal plan, these walls do not intersect at any direct points to form precise angles. Instead, the walls intersect one another, constituting a massive, centrifugal structure with no apparent entryway. A six-inch opening at each of the six junctures affords the viewer visual access to the vast central area.

In the front gallery, a long, horizontal structure approximately 19 feet long and 8 feet high will be installed. Four consecutive rows are placed perpendicular to a central line, increasing in length from stacks of 64 to 192 blocks.

In his Paragraphs on Conceptual Art (1967), LeWitt states:

“When an artist uses a multiple modular method he usually chooses a simple and readily available form. Using a simple form […] concentrates the intensity to the arrangement of the form. This arrangement becomes the end while the form becomes the means.”

LeWitt’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since the 1960s, and is the subject of the touring exhibition Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective, which originated at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. The retrospective show will be on view in New York at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 7 December 2000 through 25 February 2001.

For more information, please contact the gallery: (212) 255-1105 or