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Sol LeWitt

4th wall: 24 lines from the center, 12 lines from the midpoint of each of the sides, 12 lines from each corner

1976

From

Wall Drawing #289

Artist

Sol LeWitt (1928-2007)

Title

4th wall: 24 lines from the center, 12 lines from the midpoint of each of the sides, 12 lines from each corner

Portfolio/Series

Wall Drawing #289
4 of 4 in the Series

Date

1976

Medium

Wax crayon, graphite pencil, and paint on wall

Dimensions

Dimensions variable

Credit line

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from the Gilman Foundation, Inc.

Accession number

78.1.4

Object Label

Encapsulating the artist’s idea that “the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work,” Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings are comprised of instructions that enable others to execute them when the work is to be exhibited. The only permanent, concrete form of Wall Drawing #289 is a set of typewritten guidelines and a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. The instructions often mark the end of the artist’s involvement in the realization of a work and separate the conception of the work from the craft of making it. Wall Drawing #289—when executed according to the instructions given in the work’s lengthy title—covers four walls. The exact angle and length of the lines are determined by those who draw them, and the work’s precise configuration and scale may be adapted to fit a variety of architectural contexts. Consequently, the wall drawing can differ significantly with each realization.