Sol LeWitt, ‘Untitled (Purple)’, 2004, Andrea S. Keogh Art and Design
Sol LeWitt, ‘Untitled (Purple)’, 2004, Andrea S. Keogh Art and Design

Renowned for his contribution to the Minimalist and Conceptual Art movements, Hartford’s own Sol LeWitt grew up sketching at the Wadsworth Athenaeum. After being drafted in and serving in the Korean War, LeWitt studied cartoons and illustration in New York. He translated his skill into graphic design, working for Seventeen magazine, I.M. Pei, and the Museum of Modern Art before beginning his own art career in the mid-1960s.
He quickly gained celebrity status for his cube sculptures and geometric wall drawings. LeWitt intended for his wall drawings to be impermanent, but also their basic execution meant they could be redrawn over and over, by anyone who followed his instructions. However, after his 1980 move to Italy, LeWitt’s art changed drastically. He transitioned from using almost exclusively graphite pencil to lush and vivid colors on his wall drawings, inspired by Trecento and Quattrocento fresco artists such as Masaccio and Giotto. Wrapped around walls and engulfing the viewer, these mesmerizing colors and patterns work equally well on paper. His work and legacy can be found in such collections as the Tate Modern, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Centre Georges Pompidou.
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Signature: Signed and numbered at lower right, LeWitt 18/30. Landfall Press stamp on back of paper.

Publisher: Landfall Press, Santa Fe, NM

Sol LeWitt Catalogue Raisonne, Krakow 2004.04

Ex. coll: Private Collection, New York until 2014

About Sol LeWitt

One of the leading exponents of Conceptual art, Sol LeWitt stressed the idea behind his work over its execution. “A blind man can make art if what is in his mind can be passed to another mind in some tangible form,” he once said. LeWitt is best known for his large-scale “Wall Drawings,” rigorous arrays of designs, shapes, grids, and colors rendered in pencil and paint in coherence with strict instructions and diagrams to be followed in executing the work. LeWitt made over 1,200 of these works in his career, his visual vocabulary in strong alignment with Minimalism despite his rejection of the movement. His “structures”, as he preferred to call sculptures, were variations on geometric shapes, constructed from steel, polyurethane, or concrete, often featuring stacked cubes without sides. LeWitt is one of the seminal artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, influencing artists like Eva Hesse and Frank Stella, among countless others.

American, 1928-2007, Hartford, Connecticut, based in Chester, Connecticut