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13/3

Artist:
Sol LeWitt (American, Hartford, Connecticut 1928–2007 New York)
Date:
1981
Medium:
Painted balsa wood
Dimensions:
31 3/8 × 31 3/8 × 31 3/8 in. (79.7 × 79.7 × 79.7 cm) Weight: 4.8 lb. (2.2 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Madeline Mohr Gift and Rogers Fund, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.226
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Breuer on Floor 4
Upon first glance, 13/3 would seem to have little relationship to delirium. It is an abstract sculpture composed of identical modules assembled according to the simple plan documented in the title: a thirteen-by-thirteen grid from which three towers rise. LeWitt, however, did not consider his otherwise systematic work rational. Indeed, he aimed to "break out of the whole idea of rationality." "In a logical sequence," LeWitt wrote, in which a predetermined algorithm, not the artist, dictates the work of art, "you don’t think about it. It is a way of not thinking. It is irrational."


The work’s balsa wood legs cast shadows that multiply and disarrange the modules. In addition, the modules act as frames that fracture the surrounding space. Overall, 13/3 creates perceptual effects both vertiginous and disorderly.
[John Weber Gallery, New York, until 1982; sold to MMA]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980," September 13, 2017–January 14, 2018.

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