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Sol LeWitt’s Four Geometric Figures in a Room (detail), 1984, in the café at the Walker Art Center
Photo by Paul Schmelzer
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WRITTEN ON THE WALL AND IN THE WIND
by Jerry Saltz



On Saturday, Apr. 7, 2007, Sol LeWitt died at the age of 78 from complications from cancer. He was an artistic giant whose contributions were so far-reaching that he straddled the categories of Minimalism, Conceptualism and Postminimalism. In the late 1960s, LeWitt created an enormous opening for other artists. So much so that in 1973 John Baldessari sang all of LeWitt’s paradigmatic "Sentences on Conceptual Art." The same year Carl Andre claimed LeWitt’s wall drawings were "an entirely new art form." Since the l980s many of Le Witt’s drawings evolved into what could look like airport abstraction. Yet, the transporting strengths of LeWitt’s conceptual art are how opulently visual and intellectually scintillating it is.

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