Friday, April 4, 2014

LeWitt, Sol

Wall Drawing #1113: On a wall, a triangle within a rectangle, each with broken bands of color
other detail unknown
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Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) was born in Connecticut, USA and majored in art at Syracuse University, New York State. After serving in the US army during the Korean War, he moved to New York City where he studied at the School of Visual Arts and worked at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), both in the bookshop and as a night receptionist.

LeWitt became known in the late 1960s for his wall drawings and his sculptures or "structures" as he called them, but he also created a large number of works in other media, such as drawing, painting, printing, and photography. At first his work was associated with Minimalism, but was later related so closely to Conceptual art that he is considered by many to be the father of this movement.

In 1967, LeWitt wrote "Paragraphs on Conceptual Art," in which he states that the idea, or concept, of a work is of greater importance that the physical form through which the artist conveys his idea. It is also believed that he was the first to mention the term Conceptual art when he wrote: "I will refer to the kind of art I create as conceptual art. "

His work was the subject of a great number of exhibitions, both during his lifetime and after his death. His works are in the permanent collections of many major museums all over the world and are also installed in public parks and buildings. When LeWitt died, the New York Times described him as "...a patron and friend of artists, both old and young... the opposite of the artist as celebrity".