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Transcript of Sol Lewitt
Beginnings of an Art Career
-Received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse U in 1949
-Drafted into the Korean war in 1951 where he made posters for the Special Services
-1953: moved to NYC where he studied at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School
- This is now the School of Visual Art
-Worked for Seventeen Magazine, making paste ups, mechanicals and Photostates
- Was then hired as graphic designer in IM architecture firm
-1960 got an entry level job at MoMA !!!!
Work at the MoMA
-Born Sept 9, 1928 in Hartford, CT to Eastern European immigrants
-Moved with his mother to live with his aunt in New Britain, CT where his mother made him take art classes
-Was always found drawing on wrapping paper from his aunt's grocery store.
"Two dimensional works are not seen as objects. The work is a manifestation of an idea. It is an idea and not an object"
Wall Drawing #260- chalk on painted wall
LeWitt wrote: “The black wall gives a feeling of enclosure. The white lines maintain their grid and by changing offer clues to the system. The plan is always presented so that the viewer will know that the changes are not capricious but systematic, becoming a language and a narrative of shapes."
Work At MASS MoCA
Wall Drawing 146A
White crayon on blue wall
LeWitt Collection, Chester, Connecticut
Wall Drawing 1152
April 2005, Acrylic paint, LeWitt Collection, Chester, Connecticut
Marcel Duchamp, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, 1915-1923
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Wall Drawing 610,
1989, Mass MoCA
A wall divided vertically into four equal squares separated and bordered by black bands. Within each square, bands in one of four directions, each with color ink washes superimposed.
Things to Think About
Wall Drawings to Graffiti
-replicability to originality
-formal vs. conceptual qualities
Similarities to Mandalas
-fleeting yet intricate qualities
-set of instructions
-detailed and mechanical nature