Sol LeWitt

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Capella Delle Brunate by David Tremlett and Sol Lewitt, La Morra, Barolo, Italy.
Sol de Witt's Circle with Towers in Madison Square Park, New York City
Double Negative Pyramid in Europos Parkas/Lithuania
Tall Irregular Progression in Barcelona, Spain

Solomon "Sol" LeWitt (September 9, 1928April 8, 2007) was an American artist linked to various movements including conceptual art and minimalism. His mediums are predominantly painting, drawing, and structures (a term he prefers in opposition to sculpture.)


  • Artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.
    • 0-9 (New York), 1969, and Art-Language (England), May 1969
  • The artist’s aim is not to instruct the viewer, but to give information, whether the viewer understands the information is incidental to the artist.
    • “Serial Project #1, 1966,” Aspen 5/6 (Fall/Winter 1967)
  • The artist’s will is secondary to the process he initiates from idea to completion.. ..His wilfulness may only be ego.. ..The process is mechanical and should not be tampered with. It should run its course.
    • as quoted in Gerhard Richter, Doubt and belief in painting, Robert Storr, MOMA, New York, 2003, p. 88, note 17
  • The ideas need not be complex. Most ideas that are successful are ludicrously simple. Successful ideas generally have the appearance of simplicity because they seem inevitable.
    • “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art,” Artforum (June 1967)

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