Sol LeWitt was one of the most influentioal conceptual artists beginning in the 1960s. Famous for his drawings, paintings and structures ( a term he prefered over sculptures). Graduating with a BFA from Syracuse University in 1949 he then went on traveling Europe to continue independently studying. LeWitt was one of the more important people in the Conceptualism and Minimalism movements. His art work is reduced down to simple shapes, line and color. Only the most important information is included in his work to make it as minimal as possible. His later work such as Untitled lithograph, 1992, and  Wall Drawing No. 681 C, 1993. His work is important because it breaks things down into the simplist form that it could be. Useing the cube mostly along with other common shapes and primary colors LeWitt is a minimal artist as well as a conceptual artist. “LeWitt was not interested in industrial materials. He was focused on systems and concepts — volume, transparency, sequences, variations, stasis, irregularity and so on — which he expressed in words that might or might not be translated into actual sculptures or photographs or drawings. To him, ideas were what counted”. LeWitt Wall Drawings are the best example of his idea of concptual art. He thought that because the idea behind his work was the important part each piece shouldn’t be thought of as precious and should be done somewhere where the images couldn’t be saved. He thought that each one should be done on the walls so when his exhibitions where over, his work would be painted over. He thought “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”.


~ by klineb582 on Sunday, February 24, 2008.

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