Often referred to as the founder of minimal and conceptual art, Sol LeWitt was an American artist known for his wall drawings and ‘’structures’’- the preferred term he gave to his sculptures. Working in a wide range of media including printmaking, photography, drawing and painting, LeWitt experimented with the platforms of sculpture. From conventional exhibition pieces, to monumental outdoor instillations, he created wall drawings, pyramids, towers and geometric forms. LeWitt’s early three-dimensional work, in the 1960s, displayed squares arranged in various visual complexity.
Sol LeWitt built a body of three dimensional heavily varnished closed wooden objects and proceeded to skin them to expose their structure. He continued to explore these skeletal cubes, constructing them in aluminium and steel by industrial fabricators. The process undergone in his wall drawings involved using a variation of graphite, crayon, coloured pencil and rich washes of India ink and acrylic paint. His wall drawing 792: Black Rectangles and Squares, reflects his interest in the intersections between art and architecture. In 2007, Sol created a cube comprised from more than 1,000 light coloured bricks which was installed at the Kivik Art Centre in Lilla Stenshuvud, Sweden. Combining two crossed lines randomly placed with straight and broken lines, his solo exhibitions have been shown in museums and galleries around the world.
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