Sol LeWitt

Art on This Day
 
“The idea itself, even if not made visual, is as much a work of art as any finished product.” 

 

Artist Sol LeWitt was born on this day in 1928. LeWitt was pivotal in the creation of the new radical aesthetic of the 1960’s that was a revolutionary contradiction to the ‘Abstract Expressionism’ current in the 1950’s and 60’s New York school. He had no interest in inherent narrative or descriptive imagery. 

 

LeWitt, like no other artist of his generation, had always maintained the importance of the concept or idea and, apart from his original works on paper, the work is executed by others to clear and strict instructions. As one of the first coherent proponents of conceptual art with his writings, LeWitt’s work continues to be regarded and referred to by a younger generation of artists as one of the seminal investigations into 'idea’ and 'concept’ art.