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SOL LEWITT Untitled (Vertical Brushstrokes).
Gouache on paper, 1992. 380x380 mm;15x15 inches. Signed, dated and dedicated in pencil, lower left recto. Ex-collection the artist; Ralph S. Iwamoto, New York; thence by descent to his estate.
Beginning his career during the decline of Abstract Expressionism, LeWitt (1928-2007) was initially unfocused in his search for an artistic identity. This changed in 1960, when he quit his design job and was hired to work at the book counter at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. At The MoMA, he met fellow artists Robert Mangold and Dan Flavin, also searching for a new mode of expression unlike the overly-individualistic, gestural works of the AbEx movement. LeWitt's experience at The MoMA, his admiration of the early works of Jasper Johns, Frank Stella and Robert Rauschenberg at The MoMA's 1959, landmark "Sixteen Americans" exhibition and his interest in the photography of Eadweard Muybridge, active during the late 1880s, who serially assembled images of people and animals in motionm, all informed his early, naturalistic painting style, which during the 1970s developed into a linear, geometric and abstract style for which he is best known.