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Sol LeWitt Portrait

Sol LeWitt

Also Known as: Sol Le Witt, Solomon LeWitt, Sol Lewitt

Born:
Hartford, Connecticut 1928

Died:
New York, New York 2007

Active in:

  • Chester, Connecticut

Photo Caption:
Photograph by Jack Robinson. Courtesy Robinson Archive.

Luce Artist Quote

“In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work . . . The idea becomes the machine that makes the art.” Sol LeWitt, New York Times, December 2000


Luce Artist Biography

Sol LeWitt was a leader in the growth of conceptual art during the 1960s and 1970s. This was a reaction to the emotional qualities of abstract expressionism, and focused on the ideas behind the art as opposed to the actual objects. LeWitt employs teams of trained assistants to construct, print, or paint his pieces, and his written instructions usually became part of the finished work. When one of his assistants was asked who the creator of a painting was, she replied, “Well, we all are, and yet none of us is.” LeWitt’s work derives from simple sequences of numbers, and his sculptures, wall paintings, and prints often display every possible combination of their basic components.

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