Sol LeWitt
(1928 - 2007)

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Sol LeWitt was born in Hartford, Connecticut on September 9, 1928. He attended Syracuse University where he studied traditional painting and sculpture.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, then served in the Korean War and in 1953, moved to New York City where he attended the Cartoonists and Illustrators School.  From 1955 to 1956, he worked for architect I.M.Pei as a graphic designer.  He is married to Carol and they have two daughters.

Sol LeWitt was among the minimalist and conceptual artists who came to prominence in the late 1960s.  His work has been extremely influential. Pared down to the core, his work moved art in the direction of the mind. In 1962, he did his first relief sculpture and from 1964, executed the cubed works for which he is most known. His goal in the conceptual sculpture has been to explore in an impersonal way formulas with which structures are created and to focus on abstract philosophical theories, disassociated from religion and personal emotions. 

Since the late 1960s, LeWitt has made original drawings on paper that are then used as a set of instructions for others to execute on a wall, in a process meant to undermine the notion of the work of art as the unique product of the artist's own hand. If this preparation seems at odds with the usual method of an artist at work, LeWitt also paints every day in the studio of his Connecticut home.

LeWitt has a house in Umbria, Italy. He loves wine and when an Italian winemaking family offered him bottles of their best vintage in exchange for painting a chapel on the property of one of their Piedmont vineyards, he accepted. When he completed the project, he took his pick from the family cellars.



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