LeWitt, Sol(ləwĭt`), 1928–2007, American artist, b. Hartford, Conn. LeWitt, who came into prominence in the 1960s, termed his work conceptual artconceptual art,
art movement that began in the 1960s and stresses the artist's concept rather than the art object itself. Growing out of minimalism, conceptual art turned the artist's thoughts and ideas themselves into the primary artistic medium, appealing to the spectator's
..... Click the link for more information. , emphasizing that the idea or concept that animates each work is its most important aspect. He is probably the artist most often linked with the conceptual art movement. Reflecting his study of mathematics, Lewitt reduced the contents of his art to the most basic shapes, colors, and lines, creating modular cubes and grid structures, geometric "wall drawings," and serial graphics. His work is represented in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, and in other major American museums.
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LeWitt, Sol(1928– ) sculptor, conceptual artist; born in Hartford, Conn. He attended Syracuse University, N.Y. (B.F.A. 1949), settled in New York City, and taught at many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art School (1964–67). He became known for his serial compositions and conceptual sculptures, as in Untitled Cube (1968).
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