Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt


1928 - Sol LeWitt was born in Hartford, Connecticut.

1945-9 - He studied at Syracuse University, New York, where he received his BFA.

1953 - He moved to New York, where he attended what is known as the School of Visual Arts

1955 - 1956 - He worked as a graphic artist for the architect I.M.Pei.

1962 - He abandoned painting and began to experiment with abstract black and white reliefs.

1963 - His work was first publicly exhibited at St. Mark’s Church, New York

1965 - His first one-man exhibition at the Daniels Gallery in New York

1966 - He started Serial Project No. 1, also publishing a series of books constituting a parallel system.

1967 - He wrote a very influential article “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art’. In this article LeWitt stated the importance of reduction in the artistic process: â€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 the machine that makes the art.†His work is focused upon the ideas behind it and the proscribed rendering of form to realise a physical manifestation of those ideas.

1965 - He began taking occasional teaching positions at art schools including the Museum of Modern Art School, New York, Cooper Union, New York, the School of Visual Arts, New York and the New York University.

1968 - He began creating the wall drawings. Supporting his idea that the thought is more important than the act, LeWitt rejects the notion of art as a unique and precious object. He often uses assistants to execute the works based upon his detailed instructions.

1980s - LeWitt's work shifted significantly. Geometric shapes and their permutations became the dominant subject of his 1980s wall drawings, which are executed in layers of coloured ink washes that create an extraordinary varied palette of luminous tones. His works, until then linear and muted, now included three geometric shapes - circle, square and cone.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 - Milan, Cardi Gallery. Santiago, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende.

2015 - Düsseldorf and Berlin, Konrad Fischer Gallery. Zürich, AnneMarie Verna Gallery. Spain, Fundación Botin.

2014 - New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, Pace Gallery. Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales.

2012 - Paris, JGM Galerie. France, Centre Pompidou-Metz. Paris, Marian Goodman Gallery. Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

2011 - Zürich, Annemarie Verna Gallery, New York. LA Louver, Los Angeles. New York, Public art Fund, City Hall Park.

2010 - Chicago, Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Brussels, Belgium, Gladstone Gallery

2009 - Liverpool, Tate Liverpool. Knokke- Heist, Muiler Muiler Gallery

2008 -  New York, Museum of Modern Art. Zürich, Annemarie Verna Gallery

2007 - New York, Paula Cooper Gallery. London, Jacobson Graphics

2004 - London, Lisson Gallery, Sol Le Witt: New York. Graz, Kamera Austria, Sol Le Witt: Photography. Graz, Kunsthaus, Sol Le Witt

2003 - Dusseldorf, Galerie Konrad Fischer, Sol Le Witt. Chemnitz, Kunstsammlungen, Sol Le Witt

2002 - Munich, Galerie Albrecht

2001 - Dusseldorf, Galerie Konrad Fischer. Madrid, La Caja Negra. Berlin, Galerie Thomas SchulteHartford, Wadsworth Atheneum,Incomplete Open Cubes

2000 - San Francisco, Museum of Modern Art

1999 - Berlin, Kunst-Werke. Munich, Galerie Tanit

1998 - Los Angeles, Pace Wildenstein

1997 - New York, Paula Cooper Gallery

1996 - New York, Museum of Modern Art, Prints 1970-95. New York, Ace Gallery

1995 - New York, Gagosian Gallery

1993 - Oxford, Museum of Modern Art, Sol Le Witt: Structures 1962-1993

1992 - The Hague, Gemeentemuseum, Sol Le Witt: Drawings 1958-1992

1989 - Berne, Kunsthalle, Sol Le Witt:. Wall Drawings 1984-1988

1986 - London, Tate Gallery

1984 - Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum

1978 - New York, Museum of Modern Art
 

Selected Group exhibitions

2016 - Dominique Levy, New York. Pace Gallery, New York.  Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris. Met Breuer, New York City. K20, Düsseldorf.

2015 - The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City.  Thomas Dane Gallery, London.  Marian Goodman Gallery, New York City. David Zwirner, New York City.  Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Kamel Mennour, Paris.

2014 - Gagosian Gallery, Paris.  Métropole Musée d’art Moderne, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France. The Genia Schreiber University, Tel Aviv, Israel.  Winter Palace and 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria.

2013 - Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City. Pace Gallery, New York City. Daimler Contemporary, Berlin.  Galerie Lelong, New York City.

2012 - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California.  Museo Madre, Naples. Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris. Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia. Carolina Nitsch Project Room, New York City.

2011 - Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles. Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York.

2010 - Gladstone Gallery, New York. Pace Gallery, New York. Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

2009 - Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita.

2006 - Kunsthaus, Graz

2005 - Tate Modern, London. Museo D’Arte Contemporanea, Rome. Galleria Fumagalli, Italy.

2004 - Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, A MINIMAL FUTURE? ART AS OBJECT 1958-1968.Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, Das MoMA in Berlin. Los Angeles, UCLA Hammer Museum,The Last Picture Show

2003 - Karlsruhe, Städtische Galerie, Arbeiten aus der Sammlung des ZKM, Temporal Values - von Minimal zu Video Graz, Neue Galerie, SUPPORT 1 - Die Neue Galerie als Sammlung Bochum, Museum, Das Recht des Bildes - Jüdische Perspektiven in der modernen Kunst Berlin, Galerie Fahnemann, Donald Judd,Sol Le Witt Paris, FRAC, Les 20 ans des FRAC

2002 - Bremen, Neues Museum Weserburg, Kunst nach Kunst.Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Jim, Jonathan, Kenny, Frances and Sol

1980 - Venice, Biennale 1968, 1972, 1982 Kassel, Documenta 4, 5, 7

Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Hallen für neue Kunst, Schaffhausen
Hara Museum, Tokyo
Museion, Bozen
Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
National Gallery, Washington DC
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo
SMAK Gent
Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Tate Modern, London