Sol LeWitt (1928 - 2007) was born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He received a BFA from Syracuse University, New York, in 1949. LeWitt believed in the primacy of the idea or concept in an artwork over and above its execution or outcome. He used basic shapes and colors to create drawings, prints, paintings and structures, exploring repetitions and variations of these simple elements to achieve complex relationships and patterns.
LeWitt is best known for his large-scale wall drawings, making over 1,200 over his lifetime. In 1978, he had his first retrospective at Museum of Modern Art, New York, and in 2000, a retrospective organised by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, travelled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
The subject of countless solo exhibitions worldwide, LeWitt’s work is also held in the collections of Albertina, Vienna; Kunstmuseum, Basel; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; and Tate, London.
Sol LeWitt died aged 78 in 2007 in New York, USA.
Wall drawing by Sol LeWitt installed in New York
Wall Drawing #357, which is a development of the arc motif, was first made in November 1981 and is a tribute to choreographer Lucinda Childs. It will remain on view until the autumn of 2026.
Sol LeWitt at Tate St Ives
As part of The Artist Rooms national programme, Wall Drawing #1136 Curved and straight color bands, 2004 was installed, with guidance by an assistant from the artist’s estate.