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Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007)
LOT ID: 82007
Rectangle, 1979

Ink, on Paper
11 х 7 in. (27.94 x 17.78 cm.)
Signed, dated "9/27/79" lower right
Lot description
This 1979 drawing typifies Sol LeWitt's career-long exploration of geometric abstraction's dynamic possibilities. With a simple, elegant form composed of a series of symmetrical lines, this work underscores LeWitt's unique minimalist style.

Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) was a leading Minimalist and Conceptual artist. As a youth, LeWitt attended classes at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in his hometown of Hartford, CT, and then received a BFA from Syracuse University. After serving in the United States Army in Korea, he moved to New York in the early 1950s, took classes in illustration, and worked as a graphic designer for several magazines and for architect I.M. Pei. In the 1960s LeWitt began creating two- and three-dimensional works using the cube, varying its form through systems based on language, mathematics, and other structures. He began exhibiting his work regularly among an emerging group of Minimalist artists. His works included sculptures based on the cube, as well as his late 1960s “wall drawings,” in which he drew lines in pencil along gallery walls, first in verticals and horizontals, and then in complex structures of circles and arcs, which he painted in color with the help of assistants. LeWitt’s work also reflects an interest in repetition and serial pieces, which he frequently uses as a way to convey the passage of time or a storyline. In addition to his sculptures, wall drawings, and two-dimensional works, LeWitt created many artists’ books, and co-founded the organization Printed Matter, which publishes and circulates artists’ books to the greater public. LeWitt moved from New York to Spoleto, Italy in 1980, and in later years worked on wooden cinderblock sculptures and large wall drawings with acrylic paint. During his lifetime, LeWitt had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; the Tate Modern, London, England; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, among other venues. He has also exhibited his work several times at Documenta in Kassel, Germany, as well as at the Venice Biennale. LeWitt died in New York in 2007.

Selected Public Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Rectangle by Sol LeWitt
  • Rectangle by Sol LeWitt
  • Rectangle by Sol LeWitt
  • Rectangle by Sol LeWitt
  • Rectangle by Sol LeWitt
  • Rectangle by Sol LeWitt
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