Skip Navigation

Hanging Structure

Sol LeWitt

Contemporary Art

On View:
Sol LeWitt, active from the 1960s, was a pioneer of Minimalism and Conceptual art. He often worked with simple geometric forms—particularly the cube—straight lines, and ninety-degree angles. Hanging Structure’s suspended three-dimensional grid, composed of identical, monochromatic units, is emblematic of this interest.

In contrast, Terence Koh, inspired by queer, punk, and DIY cultures, belongs to a 1990s generation whose work is more personally inflected. Embracing decay and ephemerality, Untitled (Vitrines) displays whitewashed objects collected from friends, lovers, Koh’s childhood, and flea markets, acting almost as a shrine preserving relics from his life. The sculpture departs significantly from LeWitt’s strict vision yet engages with the legacies of Minimalism and Conceptual art, exploring the possibilities of the grid and the monochrome and extending those formal considerations into the personal realm.
MEDIUM Wood, pigment
DATES 1993
DIMENSIONS 192 x 36 x 36 in. (487.7 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm) Other (Component No. 2): 96 x 36 x 36 in. (243.8 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Gift of Jill and Jay Bernstein
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007). Hanging Structure, 1993. Wood, pigment, 192 x 36 x 36 in. (487.7 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jill and Jay Bernstein, 2016.35. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the donor, CUR.L2011.2_view4_donor_photograph.jpg)
IMAGE installation, CUR.L2011.2_view4_donor_photograph.jpg. Image courtesy of the donor
"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.
RIGHTS STATEMENT © 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
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.