oblong leaf of explanatory text & 4 color woodcut plates (222 x 457 mm.), each signed & numbered by the artist, loose as issued, housed in orig. handmade paper wrapper, orig. publisher’s portfolio. Tokyo: Galerie Watari, 1980.
An extremely rare suite of four woodblock prints, all numbered and signed by Sol LeWitt (1928-2007). These prints were finely executed on Echizen-Kizuki-Hosho paper by the Adachi Institute in an edition of 40 copies (+ 10 A.P.). The same year, Shizuko Watari’s Galerie Watari also published a scarce LeWitt artist’s book with a slightly shortened title, All Four Part Combinations of Six Geometric Figures. Both publications coincided with the artist’s exhibition at Watari’s gallery which opened 1 March 1980.
Boldly printed in blue, black, red, and yellow, our set of this print suite features a circle, square, triangle, and rhombus, matching the combination of shapes of 1980.08 in the catalogue raisonné (see below). Based on the portfolio title, there are probably four distinct shape combinations, with 10 copies printed of each.
The portfolio and the four prints are in pristine condition, in the publisher’s original cardboard enclosure and slipcase. Unrecorded by WorldCat. We did locate examples of the present portfolio at these two American institutions: Carnegie Museum of Art and Ohio University’s Kennedy Museum of Art.
❧ Sol LeWitt Prints Catalogue Raisonné (online) 1980.07-.09 (with title as Four Part Combinations of Geometric Figures in Four Colors).
Item ID: 8521