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Irregular Forms by Sol LeWitt

This week we present to you two gouaches by Sol LeWitt [Read more]

Connected to the Conceptual and Minimal art movement of the 60s and 70s, artist and theorist Sol LeWitt played a key role in introducing the art of "ideas". This week we present to you two gouaches executed in 1997 from his Irregular Forms series.

 

A new practice 

In the 1980s, the artist began producing abstract works with fluid and contrasting forms by using gouache. These gouaches are then produced in a series from a motif that he decreases. These shapes can be irregular, curved, parallel, wavy. At the end of his career, Sol LeWitt moved away from the straight line towards more lyrical forms and vibrant colours, as in these two compositions.

Sol LeWitt (1928-2007)
Irregular Form, 1997
Gouache on rigid paper
signed "S. Lewitt" and dated "97" lower right

 

 

Conceptual art

As a conceptual artist Sol LeWitt used to say that "it is the idea or the concept that matters most". His work, productions or visuals are secondary and only serve to materialise the primary idea. The artist seeks to focus on the idea, intuition and systems, creating a new symbolic vocabulary that could be interpreted individually by the viewer.

 

Wall Drawings

In 1968, he created his first mural (Wall drawing) at the Paula Cooper Gallery. He wanted to create a monumental, two-dimensional work and painting directly on the wall was the most suitable artistic approach. He was convinced that the idea predominates over the work itself, so he set up a system of certificates of authenticity allowing assistant colleagues, artists or museum employees to create the murals themselves.

The artist's drawings on paper take on a very special dimension. Sol LeWitt, through his practice of sculpture, mural drawing, works on paper and prints, explored the question of the work of art and what it defines.

Born in Connecticut in 1928, Sol LeWitt graduated from Syracuse University in 1949 with a degree in graphic arts. He moved to New York City in 1953 and held several jobs, including receptionist at the bookstore of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a job that allowed him to find his vocation and meet Minimalist artists such as Dan Flavin and Robert Mangold.

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