Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007)
Sol LeWitt was born in Hartford, Connecticut and attended Syracuse University, receiving his B.F.A 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 at the Museum of Modern Art, Modern Art, New York, LeWitt worked with fellow artists Robert Ryman, Dan Flavin, and Robert Mangold. LeWitt was instrumental in establishing Conceptual Art and Minimalism of the post war era, creating drawings, prints 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 1966 organized a traveling survey exhibition, Sol LeWitt Prints: 1970-1995. The exhibition traveled 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, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; MASS MoCA, Massachusetts; Museum of Modern Art, New York, and UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. LeWitt’s work is in the collections of nearly every contemporary art museum in the world, including the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Collection, London; and the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, which also holds the LeWitt Collection, a large selection of work by contemporary artists assembled by LeWitt himself.