Sol LeWitt ‘Black Cubes’

Sol LeWitt
The Modern Institute, Aird's Lane Bricks Space

The most interesting characteristic of the cube is that it is relatively uninteresting. It is best used as a basic unit for any more elaborate function, the grammatical device from which the work may proceed.
- Sol LeWitt, 1982

As part of Glasgow International 2018, The Modern Institute presents ‘Black Cubes’, a Sol LeWitt work from 2000, installed within the Aird’s Lane Bricks Space.

Sol LeWitt is a leading figure of Minimalism and a pioneer of Conceptual art. Redefining art production by exploring ideas rather than conventional aesthetics, he distilled art to its essentials. Using the cube as a ‘grammatical device’, LeWitt’s work is characterised by serialisation, repetition, and progression, exemplified by his iconic open-grid structures. Studying systems of line and colour, his prolific output of wall drawings represents a breakthrough in his career and solidifies his engagement with two-dimensional practices spanning painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking.