Sol LeWitt

Work from Instructions

1971
By the 1970s, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design was established as an important centre for conceptual art in North America, drawing prominent New York-based artists to teach at and participate in the school’s various activities, including the Lithography Workshop. Rather than visit the school to make his lithograph, LeWitt sent a list of instructions by mail; seven were completed by students, the remaining three by the printer himself. (Each instruction is reproduced at the bottom edge of the related image.) In “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art” (Artforum, 1967), LeWitt argued that “no matter what form it may finally have, it must begin with an idea.” With Work from Instructions, LeWitt realizes that maxim, providing the idea and leaving the work’s execution to someone else.
Artist
Title
Work from Instructions
Date
1971
Medium
Print
Materials
portfolio of 10 lithographs on Arches wove paper
Dimensions
71.1 x 71 cm each (approx.)
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1972
Accession number
17038.1-10