Sol LeWitt

Born 1928, Hartford, Connecticut; died 2007, New Canaan, Connecticut

Sol LeWitt is recognized as one of the key progenitors of Conceptualism, which took the geometric principles of minimalist art and stripped the forms down even further to pure idea. Within this system of art making, the execution of the idea – the physical artwork, itself – was necessary, but secondary. Likewise, LeWitt’s work ranges from very geometric to much more organic. He makes sculpture, wall drawings, prints, and paintings, all with equal frequency and intensity. But one thing that never changes is LeWitt’s dedication to a defining concept behind each piece.

In 2000, SFMOMA mounted a major retrospective of his work, a well deserved recognition of one of the masters of modern art. Sol LeWitt’s work can be found in nearly every major museum in the United States and abroad, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Tate Gallery, London.