Autobiography. Photographs by Sol LeWitt. Multiples, Inc./Lois and Michael K. Torf, New York/Boston, 1980. Unpaged (appx. 135 pp.). First edition, first printing. Stiff printed wrappers. Photo-illustrated dust jacket. 372 black-and-white illustrations.
Included in Parr & Badger vol. II.
"From abut 1975 LeWitt also made books employing photographic images to construct systems... [His] most discussed book in this mode is Autobiography of 1980, in which he surveys and inventorizes every nook and cranny of his Manhattan loft. The 128 pages comprise 1116 photographs using his regular 3 x 3 grid layout. We are shown around the plumbing, the various pots and pans, the nine pairs of shoes; later there is a motley collection of chairs and then we are invited to peruse his book shelves, his cassette tape collection, the snapshots of his friends--as if allowing us to look around, while the artist himself has just popped out.--John Janssen, "For the price of a cinema ticket: The books of Sol LeWitt, "Visual Research Centre, Dundee, Scotland, UK.
"LeWitt is one of the key artists of the 1960s. His work bridges Minimal and Conceptual art, movements that abandoned the emphasis on psychological content and gestural form typifying Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s. In a seminal text in written in 1967 titled "Paragraphs on Conceptual Art," LeWitt emphasized his view of art: "No matter what form it may finally have it must begin with an idea," and, "When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art."--San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
LeWitt passed away in April of 2007.
Fine-; moderate yellowing to extremities; price sticker rear panel of dust jacket.