After obtaining a bachelor´s degree in Fine Arts in 1949 at Syracuse University, Sol LeWitt (Connecticut, 1928 - New York, 2007) served in the United States army in the Korean War. In 1953 he moved to New York where he studied at a school of illustrators and worked in the publishing sector until 1956, the year in which he joined the architecture studio of I. M. Pei in New York as a graphic designer. This contact with architects was an important constituent in the development of his thinking about art making. In the same manner that architects conceive of buildings without needing to actually build them, Sol LeWitt believed that artists could create "the idea or the concept" and detach themselves from its execution.
In 1960 he took a job at the bookshop of the MoMA alongside the art critic Lucy Lippard. Subsequently, he joined the security team of the New York museum, where his co-workers included artists such as Robert Ryman, Dan Flavin and Robert Mangold.Read more
During this decisive stage of his artistic career, Sol LeWitt took part in a number of seminal group exhibitions such as Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1966, which signalled the start of so-called Minimalist Art. In 1967 he published Paragraphs on Conceptual Art and in 1968 he took part in Documenta IV in Kassel. In 1969 he was included in the exhibition When Attitude Becomes Form, curated by Harald Szeeman at the Kunsthalle in Bern, and that same year he published Sentences on Conceptual Art in the American art magazine Artforum.
The Stedelijk van Abbemuseum in Amsterdam hosted a complete retrospective of his Wall Drawings in 1984 and published a full inventory of all the ones that had been made. In 2006, under the initiative of
the Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the Williams College Museum of Art invited Sol LeWitt to work on a retrospective exhibition. The artist selected the works to be presented and chose their location, but he died before the opening, in 2008, at the age of 78. This monumental exhibition will remain open until at the Mass MoCA until 2033.
LeWitt´s work is to be found in the most important museum collections worldwide, including: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, MACBA in Barcelona, Tate Modern in London, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum in Amsterdam, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and Dia Art Foundation in New York; as well as National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC., and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).Read less