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b. Hartford, CT, USA, 9 September 1928 – d. New York, NY, USA, 8 April 2007
The American artist Sol LeWitt was one of the foremost names in Minimalism, and, later, in Conceptual art. After studying art, he began work as a graphic designer for the architect I. M. Pei. This experience would forever impact his preparatory process: for him, formulating an initial concept and sketching out preliminary drawings remained more important than carrying out the piece of work itself. In 1965, he exhibited his first modular sculptures in New York. His early work reflected his close connection to Minimalism, later becoming increasingly influenced by Conceptual art, of which he was a founding member: it was he who wrote the seminal articles Paragraphs on Conceptual Art (1967) and Sentences on Conceptual Art (1969). In the mid-1980s, Sol LeWitt began his series entitled Complex Form, which comprised 3D-representations of his geometric research.
Exhibitions have been dedicated to LeWitt’s artwork in many renowned institutions including at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris in 1987, the Pompidou Centre in 1994, the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2000, and the MoMA in New York in 2009. Today, his works feature among some of the most prestigious art collections in the world.
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