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Stars

Accession Number
1995/2.25.3

Title
Stars

Artist(s)
Sol LeWitt

Object Creation Date
1993

Medium & Support
color aquatint on thick Somerset textured white wove paper

Dimensions
28 7/16 in. x 28 1/2 in. ( 72.2 cm x 72.4 cm )

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut Stern

Label copy
Throughout virtually all of his mature career, Sol LeWitt has been concerned with using line to create form. By adopting a minimalist approach to his work, LeWitt has created formal compositions with an economy of means, removing the visible presence of the artist in the process. Well known for his large wall installations, the print medium allowed LeWitt to give these motifs a second life.
Five Pointed Star is one of a series of investigations of the star motif in LeWitt’s work. While he usually created blended colors by superimposing one primary color atop another, the Star aquatints demonstrate the only time LeWitt mixed his colors, toning them down so that the forms remain flat on the sheet. The result is a series of star motifs that are both brilliant and muted, strong and delicate, cool and warm, projection and recess, forming a veritable kaleidoscope.
Sean M. Ulmer, University Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, for "A Matter of Degree: Abstraction in Twentieth-Century Art," November 10, 2001 - January 27, 2002
*Gallery Rotation Fall 2010
Sol LeWitt
United States, 1928–2007
Stars
1993
Color aquatint on thick Somerset textured white wove paper
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut Stern, 1995/2.25.1–8
Throughout virtually his entire mature career, Sol LeWitt was concerned with using line to create form. By adopting a minimalist approach to his work, LeWitt created formal compositions with an economy of means, removing the visible presence of the artist in the process. Well known for his large wall installations, LeWitt gave these motifs a second life through the print medium.
Stars is one of a series of investigations of the star motif in LeWitt’s work. While he usually created blended colors by superimposing one primary color atop another, the Stars aquatints demonstrate the only time LeWitt mixed his colors, toning them down so that the forms remain flat on the sheet. The result is a veritable kaleidoscope of star motifs—both brilliant and muted, strong and delicate,
cool and warm, projection and recess.
Gallery Rotation Fall 2010
Sol LeWitt
United States, 1928–2007
Stars
1993
Color aquatint on thick Somerset textured white wove paper
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut Stern, 1995/2.25.1–8
Throughout virtually his entire mature career, Sol LeWitt was concerned with using line to create form. By adopting a minimalist approach to his work, LeWitt created formal compositions with an economy of means, removing the visible presence of the artist in the process. Well known for his large wall installations, LeWitt gave these motifs a second life through the print medium.
Stars is one of a series of investigations of the star motif in LeWitt’s work. While he usually created blended colors by superimposing one primary color atop another, the Stars aquatints demonstrate the only time LeWitt mixed his colors, toning them down so that the forms remain flat on the sheet. The result is a veritable kaleidoscope of star motifs—both brilliant and muted, strong and delicate,
cool and warm, projection and recess.

Primary Object Classification
Print

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Keywords
Non-Representational Art
abstraction
modern and contemporary art
stars

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