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Sol LeWitt

New Wall Drawings

About Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt (b.1928, Hartford, CT; d. 2007, New York) is a leading figure of Minimalism and pioneer of Conceptual art. Redefining art production by exploring ideas rather than conventional aesthetics, he distilled art to its essentials. Using the cube as a “grammatical device,” LeWitt’s work is characterized by serialization, repetition, and progression, exemplified by his iconic open-grid structures. Studying systems of line and color, his prolific output of wall drawings represents a breakthrough in his career and solidifies his engagement with two-dimensional practices spanning painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking.

LeWitt has been the subject of numerous one-artist exhibitions and his work is held in public collections worldwide. In 2008, MASS MoCA opened Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective, which will remain on view through 2033.

Pace has represented The Estate of Sol LeWitt since 2007.

Press Release

  • Sol LeWitt: New Wall Drawings
    PaceWildenstein is pleased to present new wall drawings by Sol LeWitt on view from September 3 through October 12, 2002 at 32 East 57th Street, New York City. The exhibition will feature six wall drawings, all Untitled (2002). Painted in acrylic, directly on the gallery walls, each drawing fills the wall it occupies. The works surround the viewer and feature blue, green, orange, purple, red and yellow blocks of color that interface to form geometric abstractions. LeWitt began making wall drawings in 1968; the wall drawings on view have never before been exhibited. Sol LeWitt (b. 1928, Hartford, CT) received a B.F.A. from Syracuse University in 1949 and participated in his first group exhibition in 1963. Two years later LeWitt received his first solo show in New York City and subsequently his work has been the subject of over 300 solo exhibitions in 20 countries. In 1978 the Museum of Modern Art (New York) organized “Sol LeWitt,” the artist’s first full-scale survey. The Haags Gemeentemuseum (The Hague, The Netherlands) organized “Sol LeWitt Drawings 1958-1992” in 1992, a major three-year traveling exhibition mounted by nine additional museums in seven countries. Shortly thereafter, the Museum of Modern Art (Oxford, England) coordinated “Sol LeWitt Structures 1962-1993,” an exhibition that toured England, Germany, and Scotland during 1993-94, and the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy (Andover, MA) exhibited “Sol LeWitt: Twenty-Five Years of Wall Drawings, 1968-1993.” Most recently the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art organized “Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective,” a 2000-01 exhibition whose venues included the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), and in 2001 the Wadsworth Atheneum organized “Sol LeWitt: Incomplete Open Cubes” that later traveled to three U.S. museums. Earlier this year the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin) presented “Sol LeWitt: New Wall Drawings.” In addition to his extensive writings and illustrations for an international spectrum of art publications and catalogues—LeWitt’s first piece “Ziggurats” appeared in the November 1966 issue of Arts Magazine—LeWitt has participated in exhibitions abroad since 1968. His work has been included in Documenta (Kassel, Germany) in 1968, 1977 and 1982, the Venice Biennale in 1977, 1980, 1988 and 1997, and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 1979 and 1987 Biennials. In 1996, LeWitt represented the United States in the São Paulo Bienal. Selected public commissions include wall drawings at the Equitable Center, New York (1985), the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels (1986), the Dresdner Bank, Frankfurt (1991), the Sigmund Freud Institute, Frankfurt (1991), Christie’s, New York (1999), and The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston (2002). LeWitt’s work can be found in numerous U.S. and international public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy; the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; the Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Louisiana Museum, Humleback, Denmark; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; the Tate Gallery, London, England; the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, among others. Concurrent with PaceWildenstein’s exhibition, a selection of LeWitt prints will be on view September 12 through October 12, 2002 at Pace Prints. Images are available upon request.