Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) was a prominent American artist, considered the founder of Conceptual art. He was pivotal in the creation of the new radical aesthetic of the 1960s, the art became the idea and not the object. He is most famous for his Wall Drawings where he dictated a set of instructions so that the piece could be replicated by anyone. He also produced a big body of prints starting in the early 1970s.
Born in Hartford Connecticut, LeWitt continued to work up until his death. After studying at Syracuse University until 1949, he worked as a graphic designer for I.M Pei’s architecture office in New York. In 1960 LeWitt took a job at the Museum of Modern Art in New York at the book counter where his co-workers included Robert Ryman, Dan Flavin and Robert Mangold.
LeWitt participated in seminal group exhibitions including “Primary Structures” at the Jewish Museum, New York; “10” at Dwan Gallery, New York; Documenta IV; and Harald Szeeman’s exhibition “When Attitude Becomes Form” at Kunsthalle, Berne and Institute of Contemporary Art, London. A major retrospective was organized by the San Francisco Museum of Art in 2000 and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. In 2008, Mass MOCA opened “Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective,” a historic exhibition to remain on view for 25 years, which was organized jointly by the artist before his death and Yale University Art Gallery.
His works are found in the most important museum collections, among them Tate Modern London; the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Amsterdam; Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Dia:Beacon; the National Gallery of Art, DC; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, DC.