Sentences on Conceptual Art (1968) – Sol Lewitt

Hadley+Maxwell: Sentences on Conceptual Art First Draft (Sol Lewitt)
Sentences on Conceptual Art First Draft (Sol Lewitt)

1. The reason of the unreason with which my reason is afflicted so weakens my reason that with reason I murmur at your beauty.
2. Rational judgements repeat rational judgements.
3. Irrational judgements lead to new experience, lead to new experience.
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5. Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically.
6. If the artist changes her mind midway through the execution of the piece
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9. Those included in the present classification.
10. Note to self: ask Lawrence.
11. Ideas do not necessarily proceed in logical order. A throw of the dice will never abrogate chance.
12. For each work of art there are many silent variations.
13. ——(Quixote)
14. The words of one artist to another may induce vomiting.

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16. If words are used, ——
17. All ideas tremble as if they were mad.
18. One usually understands the art of the present by applying the conventions of the past, thus misunderstanding the art of the present.
19. The conventions of art are altered by works of art.
20. Successful art changes our understanding, but to forgive is sublime.
21. Misperception of ideas leads to new ideas.

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23. The artist may misperceive the sensible presentation of an idea, but this does not make the concept unintelligible.
24. Subjection is perceptive.
25. The artist may not necessarily understand his own humility. His perception is neither better nor worse than that of stray dogs.
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27. The concept of a work of art may involve matter or the process by which matter matters.
28. Carried out blindly,

29. There are many side effects that the artist cannot imagine.
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32. Banal execution cannot be rescued by beautiful ideas.
33. It is difficult to bungle a good idea.
34. When an artist learns his craft too well he makes goals instead of footballs.
35. This sentence comments on art, but is not art.