Signed and numbered (at lower right): LeWitt 18/30
Publisher: Landfall Press, Santa Fe, NM
Literature: Sol LeWitt Catalogue Raisonne, Krakow 2004.04
Ex. Coll: Private Collection, New York
Renowned for his contribution to the Minimalist and Conceptual Art movements, Hartford’s own Sol LeWitt grew up sketching at the Wadsworth Athenaeum. After being drafted in and serving in the Korean War, LeWitt studied cartoons and illustration in New York. He translated his skill into graphic design, working for Seventeen magazine, I.M. Pei, and the Museum of Modern Art before beginning his own art career in the mid-1960s.
He quickly gained celebrity status for his cube sculptures and geometric wall drawings. LeWitt intended for his wall drawings to be impermanent, but also their basic execution meant they could be redrawn over and over, by anyone who followed his instructions. However, after his 1980 move to Italy, LeWitt’s art changed drastically. He transitioned from using almost exclusively graphite pencil to lush and vivid colors on his wall drawings, inspired by Trecento and Quattrocento fresco artists such as Masaccio and Giotto. Wrapped around walls and engulfing the viewer, these mesmerizing colors and patterns work equally well on paper. His work and legacy can be found in such collections as the Tate Modern, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Centre Georges Pompidou.