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Pace Publishing


Format and Image in 20th Century Art

Text by Rosalind Krauss

Made to accompany a 1979 group exhibition on view at Pace in New York and The Akron Art Institute, Ohio, this catalogue brings together historic works by Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Robert Irwin, Lee Krasner, Ellsworth Kelly, Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Ad Reinhardt, Louise Nevelson, and Frank Stella, among others.

The book includes a text by Rosalind Krauss, while its design alludes to theme of the exhibition—the grid as a pictorial device and thematic element—through the overlay plastic grid cover.

Publication Details

Grids: Format and Image in 20th Century Art
Text by Rosalind Krauss
Spiral-bound softcover with plastic grid overlay
78 Pages
8 x 8 1/4”


The Grid: Format and Image in Twentieth Century Art
Dec 9, 1978 – Jan 20, 1979


In the temporal dimension, the grid is an emblem of modernity by being just that: the form that is ubiquitous in the art of our century, while appearing nowhere, nowhere at all, in the art of the last one.

Rosalind Krauss


Yet whether this gives us pleasure or pain, grids are the emblems of modernity, and so we must find a way of discussing them, of making their space and that of the page more available to one another.

Rosalind Krauss

  • Pace Publishing — Grids: Format and Image in 20th Century Art, Dec 9, 1978