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.)


  • 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)
  • 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 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

"Paragraphs on Conceptual Art," 1967[edit]

Sol LeWitt, "Paragraphs on Conceptual Art", Artforum, V/10, Summer 1967,

  • In conceptual art the idea or the concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art. This kind of art is not theoretical or illustrative of theories; it is intuitive; it is involved with all types of mental processes and it is purposeless. It is usually free from the dependence on the skill of the artist as a craftsman.
    • p. 80. Cited in: Diane Waldman. Carl Andre. Published 1970 by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. p. 7
  • 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.

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