The large geometric Sol LeWitt piece in the new temporary exhibition Lewis Baltz: Prototypes gave me an idea for yetanotherpuzzle. This one tests your research and math skills. You can (and should) complete this puzzle online, although I strongly encourage you to come see the Baltz exhibition, and the LeWitt piece, in person. The puzzle:
1. Sol LeWitt's Nine-part Modular Cube consists of a three dimensional grid of cubes 9 squares high, 9 squares wide, and 9 squares deep. How many different cubes of any size can be found in the piece?
HINT: Figure out how many cubes there are of each possible size 1x1x1 (729 cubes) through 9x9x9 (1 cube), and add them all up. An additional hint may be found near the end of this document.
2. Taking the answer from Question #1 (let's call the answer "n"), find the name of the artist associated with the nth piece acquired by the Art Institute in 1922 for its permanent collection.
3. Taking the answer from #2, find the number of pages in a 1992 book about that artist in the Art Institute’s library.
HINT: The museum’s Ryerson and Burham Libraries have an online catalog.
4. Taking the answer from #3 (let's call the answer "x"), find the title of xth piece acquired by the Art Institute in 2008. Finally, for the win, who is the lead actress in the 2004 movie of the same title? Leave it in the comments!
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22 hours 5 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago “Painting depends on ink, ink depends on brush, brush depends on wrist, and wrist depends on the heart and mind.” —Tao Chi
The Inspired Chinese Brush is an installation of traditional Chinese ink paintings showcasing the rich variety of textural effects that could be achieved through careful control of the combination of ink and brushes used in their creation. Tang Yin’s painting Drinking at Night portrays the prominent 11th–century Chinese poet, calligrapher, and governmental official Su Shi drinking alone in a pavilion on a moonlit night. The work gets its name from Su Shi’s poem “Drinking on an Evening in Spring,” which is quoted on the scroll following the painting.
See this painting and the rest of the exhibition on view now in Gallery 134.
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