Untitled (Working Drawing for Three-Part Variations on Three Different Kinds of Cubes)
Sol LeWitt was a mentor to many younger artists and writers. He was so significant to Lippard’s thinking that she dedicated Six Years to him. While his own practice always led to materialized works, he defined his artistic method as Conceptual, because he would always start from an idea, often permutations of a basic form or repetition of an operation, which he called the “machine that makes the art.” These two sketches show him elaborating the multiple forms of open cubes, and some of the various configurations possible for parallel straight lines.
India ink on paper
13 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (34.9 x 26.7 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right in ink: "S. Lewitt"
Inscribed above and below image in ink: "Siebezeitige Arbeit/aus... - und Zweisetig offnen Wurfeln. 1967/F=vorne R= Rechto B= Hinten l= einseitig offener Wurfel 2 = Zweisetig offener Wurfel"
This item is not on view
Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007). Untitled (Working Drawing for Three-Part Variations on Three Different Kinds of Cubes), 1967. India ink on paper, 13 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (34.9 x 26.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 88.170.14. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 88.170.14_bw.jpg)
overall, 88.170.14_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
© artist or artist's estate
Copyright for this work may be controlled by the artist, the artist's estate, or other rights holders. A more detailed analysis of its rights history may, however, place it in the public domain.
The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.