Sol LeWitt was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1928. He received a BFA from Syracuse University, New York, in 1949.
LeWitt believed in the primacy of the idea or concept in an artwork over and above its execution or outcome. He used basic shapes and colors to create drawings, prints, paintings and structures, exploring repetitions and variations of these simple elements to achieve complex relationships and patterns.
LeWitt is best known for his large-scale wall drawings, making over 1,200 over his lifetime. In 1978, he had his first retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and in 2000, a retrospective organised by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, travelled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
The subject of countless solo exhibitions worldwide, LeWitt’s work is also held in the collections of the Albertina, Vienna; the Kunstmuseum, Basel; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, and Tate, London.
He died in 2007.
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