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NEW YORK – The Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of wood sculptures by Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Sherrie Levine, Sol LeWitt, and Jackie Winsor. The works will be on view throughout the month of February.

Jackie Winsor’s Fifty Fifty, the earliest piece in the exhibition (1975), is a 40-inch cubic structure made of more than 1,500 wooden strips regularly spaced and nailed crosswise to each other in successive layers. The piece contains as much negative space (created by the space between each strip) as wood.

Also playing with the geometric shape of the square is Square 5 (2004), by Sol LeWitt, an accumulation of 2 1/2-inch cubes in seemingly random vertical progression from a 14 1/2-inch square grid.

The three works by Donald Judd which are exhibited include a plywood box with a painted cadmium red back (one of only two with paint from a series of plywood boxes executed in 1978), a plywood meter box with angled inside panels from 1989 and a red wood block from the same year.

Delineating a corner of the exhibition space is Carl Andre’s 8th Old Eastern Pine Corner (2007), 36 pine timbers installed in decreasing perpendicular rows to form a triangular structure with a jagged side. The piece explores the artist’s interest in the juxtaposition of identical geometrical volumes in relation to architecture and space.

Finally, stretched across the main space is Sherrie Levine’s Small Krate Table: 1-6, a suite of 6 unfinished ash sculptures from 1993, whose reinterpretation of a Gerrit Rietveld furniture design concentrates much of what the sculptural issues at stake in the other works in the show: the volume of the cube, the material properties of wood and its associations in the history of sculpture, strategies of seriality and the aesthetics of industrial production.

For more information, please contact the gallery: (212) 255-1105 or
info@paulacoopergallery.com