Painted steel on aluminum
10 x 10 inches
Edition of 25
Wall Drawing 380F, 1984
India ink, color ink wash
Wall Drawing: Proposal for R. Cohen's Residence, Cambridge, 1985
Color ink wash
15.75 x 9.5 inches, paper
23 x 16.5 inches, framed
Negative Pyramid, 1997
48 x 96 x 79.5 inches
Sol LeWitt (American, 1928 - 2007) is regarded as one of the first coherent proponents of conceptual art with his writings, Sentences on Conceptual Art (1969), LeWitt's work continues to be regarded and referred to by a younger generation of artists as one of the seminal investigations into 'idea' and 'concept' art. LeWitt’s wall drawings are described with concise language and specific diagrams which designate the way in which they should be executed. All wall drawings are drawn directly on the walls. When wall drawings are moved to a new location, the work must be meticulously re-scaled to fit in the new location. LeWitt’s widely recognized geometric forms, first executed in black, white and gray India ink, evolved towards volumetric forms in translucent layers of primary colored permanent ink, at times reminiscent of Italian frescos. By the late 1990’s, flattened forms in acrylic colors covered entire walls in simplified yet exuberant compositions.
Sol LeWitt has had over 30 one-person exhibitions, and is represented in the collections of major museums worldwide. He has been the subject of retrospective exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, The Kunsthalle Bern, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among other international venues. In December 2000, the Whitney Museum of American Art hosted an all-media retrospective that originated at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, a landmark collaboration between the Yale University Art Gallery , MASS MoCA , and the Williams College Museum of Art, opened to the public in November of 2008 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. The exhibition will be on view for 25 years and is housed in a three-story historic mill outfitted with a sequence of new interior walls constructed to LeWitt’s specifications. The exhibition consists of 105 drawings that LeWitt created over 40 years from 1968-2007.
The work of minimalist conceptual artist and SVA alum Sol LeWitt (1953 Illustration) can now be explored in a whole new way, thanks to a recently released app from Microsoft. In partnership with the tech giant and close collaboration with the late artist’s estate, New York–based curator and LeWitt expert Lindsay Aveilhé and experience-design agency ADA have created an immersive virtual experience of LeWitt’s singular works that allows users to take a deeper dive than ever before.
“Strict Beauty,” at the New Britain Museum of American Art through Jan. 9, is “the largest exhibit of prints by Sol Lewitt ever mounted,” says its curator David Areford. The famous conceptual artist worked in many mediums and may be best known for his wall drawings. He was also known for creating many of his works through a set of rules and instructions that allowed other people to actually execute the final pieces.
The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates the tenth anniversary of its exhibition, Sol LeWitt: a Wall Drawing Retrospective, by adding another decade to its long-term presentation.