Sol LeWitt (1928 – 2007) was a highly influential American artist of the second half of the 20th Century. LeWitt diverged from the Abstract Expressionist movement, which was prominent in the 1950s and 1960s, stressing instead the importance of the conceptual within artwork. All of his work, apart from his work on paper, has been executed by others who work to strict instructions written by LeWitt, emphasising the importance of the idea over the making of the work. The most recent retrospective of LeWitt’s work was held by the San Francisco Museum of Art (2000), which travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. LeWitt participated in major group exhibitions including: Primary Structures, Jewish Museum, New York (1966); 10, Gwan Gallery, New York (1966); Documenta IV (1968); and When Attitude Becomes Form, Kunsthalle, Berne and ICA, London (1969). His work is held in the collections of Tate Modern, London; Guggenheim Museum, New York; MoMA, New York; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
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