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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt
Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) is considered one of the most important artists of the Minimalism and Conceptualism movements of the post-war era. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and received a BFA from Syracuse University in 1949. In 1953 he opened a studio in New York City and later worked as a graphic designer in the office of architect I. M. Pei. The time he spent there had a profound influence on his work, as it sparked his interest in geometric precision and taught him that artists could work as members of teams.

He worked in sculpture, drawing (both on paper and on walls), printing and photography. Once he conceived a work, he often employed a team to help him complete his wall installations, comparing himself to a composer whose work was played by other musicians or an architect who did not erect his own buildings. He contended that the concept of a piece was more important that the execution, giving rise to the term "Conceptualism."

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K 1 2 3 4 5 6 #2
Wall Drawing #260

To see how the wall installation of #260 was accomplished, the following video from the MoMA website gives a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at preparation for an exhibition.

Installation of Color Bands in Four Directions

I love this LeWitt piece so much that I have a print of it in my bedroom, albeit turned to suit my needs. Apologies to any LeWitt purists reading this post.

LeWitt print of Color Bands in Four Directions in my bedroom
Splotch #22
Wall Drawing #1081
Forms Derived from a Cube
Lines from the midpoint of lines
Black and White Bands Within a Circle,
marble floor installation, Ronald Reagan Airport,
Washington, D. C.
Wall Drawing #936
Wall Drawing #481
Wall Drawings #631 (left) and #614 (right)

To watch amazing timelapse videos of wall drawings going up, visit the MASS MoCA website.

And for those of you whose taste runs more to home furnishings than to art, take a look at the gorgeous Sol LeWitt inspired crystal tumblers by Artel.


  1. As always, fun to learn and amazed at what you find!

  2. Loving that big black and white at the MoMA!

  3. ur posts

  4. I'm happy that you're enjoying the post. I've had it on the back burner for some time, but I wasn't sure how much interest it would generate. I love LeWitt's work, and I admire him for continuing to create new pieces right up to the end of his life.

    @1950sarh: That black and white MoMA wall (#260) is one of my favorites too.

  5. I'm glad we finally got our posts back after the problems with Blogger. I just hate that I lost all your comments about the Sol LeWitt pieces. :(