Sol LeWitt

Biography

Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1928, Sol LeWitt is most well-known for his conceptual and minimalist art. He worked in various mediums including drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and painting.

LeWitt graduated with a BFA from Syracuse University in 1949, but spent the following years fighting in the Korean War. After moving to New York City in 1953, LeWitt studied at the School of Visual Design and worked as a designer at Seventeen magazine. LeWitt later took up a night job as receptionist and clerk at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City where he worked alongside Robert Ryman, Dan Flavin, and Lucy Lippard.

LeWitt’s interest in geometric shape is apparent in his wall drawings, structures, and works on paper. He chose to call his three-dimensional works “structures” instead of sculptures, and the use of cubes in various forms is common in these structures. In 1968 LeWitt began creating his famous wall drawings where he would draw directly on a wall with either pencil, India ink, or paint incorporating minimalist straight and curved lines.

Collections comprising of works by LeWitt include the Tate Modern in London, England; Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France; Australian National Gallery in Canberra, Australia; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, New York; Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York; and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.