Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt was born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut. During the 1950s, he moved to New York where he worked as a graphic designer in the architectural studio of Ieoh Ming Pei, who would influence his work significantly. His earliest artistic production took the form of minimalist-style three-dimensional installations: LeWitt concentrated in particular on the geometric form of the cube, considered a perfect module for obtaining infinte possibilities and combinations. More than minimalist, LeWitt describes himself as a conceptual artist. In his 1967 manifesto, “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art”, he stated that the creation of a work can be delegated to others, as the creative process is often more interesting than the final result. During these years, LeWitt began to create his famous Wall drawings on the walls of museums and galleries, designed drawings that adapt to the surrounding architecture, redefining the spatial and perceptive relationships. LeWitt made some of these drawings himself, while others were done by assistants. Since his death, in 2007, the drawings are created the supervision of his studio and his daughter Sofia LeWitt. The creation of Sol LeWitt’s works follow a rigorous procedure that excludes all emotional involvement, in contrast to the abstract expressionism and informal art of the 1960s.

Among the recent exhibitions dedicated to the artist: "Sol LeWitt: 17 Wall Drawings 1969-1998", Fundacion Botin, Cantabria (2015), "Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370", The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2015), "Sol LeWitt: The Artist and His Artists", MADRE, Naples (2012); travelled to Centre Pompidou-Metz (2013)

For the exhibition “Accrochage” at Punta della Dogana, Sol LeWitt’s “Wall Drawings” have been created by a group of students from Venice’s Accademia di Belle Arti under the direction of Andrew Colbert and Remi Verstraete.

Wall Drawing #343 – Accrochage