Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt, Drawing Series...

September 16, 2006 - ongoing

<p>Sol LeWitt, <i>Wall Drawing #136: Arcs and lines</i>, 1972. <br/>Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Bill Jacobson.

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #136: Arcs and lines, 1972.
Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Bill Jacobson.


Dia’s presentation of wall drawings by Sol LeWitt from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s was selected by the artist himself. It highlights his monumental Drawing Series-Composite, Part I–IV, #1–24, A + B (1968), a four-color rendering of which is executed here for the first time. The version in graphite, part of Dia’s collection, has been on view in an adjacent gallery since 2003.


Artist Biography

Sol LeWitt was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1928, and attended Syracuse University. After serving in the Korean War as a graphic artist, he moved, in 1953, to New York, where he worked as a draftsman for the architect I. M. Pei. LeWitt had his first solo exhibition at the Daniels Gallery, New York, in 1965, and the following year Dwan Gallery, New York, mounted the first in a series of solo exhibitions. He participated, during the late 1960s and early 1970s, in several significant group exhibitions of Minimalist and Conceptual art, including Primary Structures, at the Jewish Museum, New York, in 1966, and When Attitudes Become Form, at the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, in 1969. His renowned text "Paragraphs on Conceptual Art" was published in 1967. LeWitt's work was included in Documentas 6 (1977) and 7 (1982) in Kassel, as well as the 1987 Skulptur Projekte in Münster and the 1989 Istanbul Biennial. Major retrospectives of his works were organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1978, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in 2000. Drawing Series... a presentation of LeWitt's early wall drawings was installed at Dia:Beacon in 2006. Sol LeWitt died on April 8, 2007, in New York City.

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