This exhibition presents the collection of books of artists of the American artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2006). The publications come from the library collection of the Van Abbemuseum.
In addition to his other more monumental works, LeWitt created books of artists from 1966. Modular systems and geometric structures based on a square are characteristic elements of his work. In the opinion of LeWitt the square is the most neutral basic form to design a concept as objective as possible. The book Variations of incomplete open cubes, 1973 is an excellent example for this idea.
The artist sees himself as a conceptual artist, but many people include his work in the Minimal Art movement but many others register him among the artists of the Minimal Art movement. Since the sixties – like other conceptual artists like for instance Lawrence Weiner- he is occupied with the idea of a non-hierarchical society with a visual art who is accesable, makable and payable for everybody. He sees his books as the cheapest and most informative demonstrations of his concept.