Sol LeWitt

Biography

Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt was born September 9, 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut. LeWitt attended Syracuse University, receiving his BFA in 1949. After serving as a graphic artist during the Korean War, LeWitt moved to New York in 1953, where he worked as a draftsman for architect, I.M. Pei. Later, taking an entry-level job as a guard at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where LeWitt worked with fellow artists Robert Ryman, Dan Flavin, and Robert Mangold.

LeWitt helped establish Conceptual Art and Minimalism of the Post-War era, creating drawings and structures (a term that the artist preferred to sculpture) by reducing art to the most basic shapes and colors.

In 1965, LeWitt had his first solo exhibition at the Daniels Gallery, New York, followed by a show at the Dwan Gallery, New York in 1966. Also in 1966, LeWitt was included in the Primary Structures exhibit at the Jewish Museum, New York. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gave LeWitt his first retrospective, Sol LeWitt, in 1978-79 and then in 1996 organized a travelling survey exhibition, Sol LeWitt Prints: 1970 – 1995. The exhibition travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

LeWitt has been included in numerous museum exhibitions, including the Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; MASS MoCA, Massachusetts; Museum of Modern Art, New York, and UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Sol LeWitt died April 8, 2007 in New York.