Sol LeWitt was an American artist born on September 9, 1928, in Hartford, Connecticut. He made his first prints while in college in the late ‘40s. LeWitt moved to New York City in 1953 to study at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School (currently the School of Visual Arts) and worked for Seventeen Magazine. He then was promoted to a job at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. LeWitt was a major force in the formation of Conceptual Art and Minimalism.
A major retrospective of LeWitt’s work was organized by the San Francisco Museum of Art in 2000 and then traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY). His works are found in the most important museum collections including: Tate Collection (London, UK); Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, The Netherlands); Musee National d’Art Moderne (Paris, France); Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France); Australian National Gallery (Canberra, Australia); Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY) ; Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); Dia:Beacon (Beacon, NY); National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.); and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.).
LeWitt died on April 8, 2007, in New York City.