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Hanging Structure

Sol LeWitt

Contemporary Art

Sol LeWitt, active from the 1960s, was a pioneer of Minimalism and Conceptual art. He often worked with simple geometric forms—particularly the cube—straight lines, and ninety-degree angles. Hanging Structure’s suspended three-dimensional grid, composed of identical, monochromatic units, is emblematic of this interest.

In contrast, Terence Koh, inspired by queer, punk, and DIY cultures, belongs to a 1990s generation whose work is more personally inflected. Embracing decay and ephemerality, Untitled (Vitrines) displays whitewashed objects collected from friends, lovers, Koh’s childhood, and flea markets, acting almost as a shrine preserving relics from his life. The sculpture departs significantly from LeWitt’s strict vision yet engages with the legacies of Minimalism and Conceptual art, exploring the possibilities of the grid and the monochrome and extending those formal considerations into the personal realm.
MEDIUM Painted wood
DATES 1993
DIMENSIONS 192 x 36 x 36 in. (487.7 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm) Other (Component No. 2): 96 x 36 x 36 in. (243.8 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2016.35
CREDIT LINE Gift of Jill and Jay Bernstein
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007). Hanging Structure, 1993. Painted wood, 192 x 36 x 36 in. (487.7 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jill and Jay Bernstein, 2016.35. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the donor, CUR.L2011.2_view4_donor_photograph.jpg)
IMAGE installation, CUR.L2011.2_view4_donor_photograph.jpg. Image courtesy of the donor
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