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The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture’s summer show and “Sol LeWitt: Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes” will be on exhibit at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville starting July 8. “Incomplete Open Cubes” is the most comprehensive exhibition devoted to LeWitt’s open cube series and will be on view through August 26. “Skowhegan School 2001” will be on view through October 28.
In the 1960s Sol LeWitt, a pioneer of minimalist and conceptual art, began to investigate the form of the cube, and in 1973 and 1974 he literally took the cube apart to discover how many variations of an incomplete open cube existed—122. The open cube is the skeletal structure of the cube, consisting of 12 equal linear elements connected by eight corners. Each of LeWitt’s incomplete cubes contains from three to 11 elements.
Organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn., “Incomplete Open Cubes” presents 33 of the series’ 40-inch aluminum variations. The open cubes are supplemented by a previously unexhibited 2 1/2-inch scale set of all 122 cubes in white-painted wood as well as 130 schematic drawings of the entire series and freehand working drawings. Nicholas Baume, the Wadsworth’s curator of contemporary art, is curator of the exhibition.
“Skowhegan School 2001,” organized by Skowhegan’s executive director, Marella Consolini, consists of about 25 works of different media, including photographs, paintings, video, silkscreens and etchings. Skowhegan School resident and visiting artists featured include Helmut Dorner, Whitfield Lovell, Mary Lucier, Vik Muniz, Shirin Neshat, Bruce Pearson, Allen Ruppersberg, Carolee Schneemann, Beverly Semmes and Kara Walker, as well as poet Robert Creeley.
Located in Skowhegan, Maine, the school is a 55-year-old intensive summer residency program for advanced visual artists. There is a long, established history between Skowhegan and Colby, that began when the Skowhegan School first mounted an exhibition at Colby in 1957, two years before the opening of the college’s museum of art.
Colby museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For information call 207-872-3228 or visit www.colby.edu/museum.