Friday, November 26, 2010

Sol LeWitt

Born September 9, 1928
Died April 8, 2007
Nationality American
Field Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture
Training Syracuse University, School of Visual Arts
Movement Conceptual Art & Minimalism

In the late 1960's Sol LeWitt reached prominence with his drawings and what he liked to call

structures, instead of sculptures. Prefering to execute two and three dimensional works

numbering over 1200. The cube is where this artist obtains inspiration for his open space

modular monumental outdoor pieces.

From Wikipedia:
LeWitt was born in Hartford, Connecticut to a family of Jewish immigrants from Russia. After receiving a BFA from Syracuse University in 1949, LeWitt traveled to Europe where he was exposed to Old Master painting. Shortly thereafter, he served in the Korean War, first in California, then Japan, and finally Korea. LeWitt moved to New York City in the 1950s and studied at the School of Visual Arts while also pursuing his interest in design at Seventeen magazine, where he did paste-ups, mechanicals, and photostats. Later, for a year, he was a graphic designer in the office of architect I.M. Pei. Around that time, LeWitt also discovered the work of the late 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, whose studies in sequence and locomotion were an early influence. These experiences, combined with an entry-level job he took in 1960 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, would influence LeWitt's later work.

I like LeWitt's work. The simplicity of the lines help to enjoy looking at the work without trying to decipher any complicated thoughts of "what is the artist trying to say?" It is what it is simple forms.
To the sculptor Eva Hesse, he once wrote a letter while she was living in Germany and at a point when her work was at an impasse. “Stop it and just DO,” he advised her. “Try and tickle something inside you, your ‘weird humor.’ You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool.” He added: “You are not responsible for the world — you are only responsible for your work, so do it. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be.”

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