A revelatory consideration of the wide-ranging practice of one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century
A pioneer of minimalism and conceptual art, Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) is best known for his monumental wall drawings. LeWitt’s broad artistic practice, however, also included sculpture, printmaking, photography, artist’s books, drawings, gouaches, and folded and ripped paper works. From the familiar to the underappreciated aspects of LeWitt’s oeuvre, this book examines the ways that his art was multidisciplinary, humorous, philosophical, and even religious.
Locating Sol LeWitt contains nine new essays that explore the artist’s work across media and address topics such as LeWitt’s formative friendships with colleagues at the Museum of Modern Art in the early 1960s; his photographs of Manhattan’s Lower East Side; his 1979 collaboration with Lucinda Childs and Philip Glass and its impact on his printmaking; and his commissions linked to Jewish history and the Holocaust. The essays offer insights into the role of parody, experimentation, and uncertainty in the artist’s practice, and investigate issues of site, space, and movement. Together, these studies reveal the full scope of LeWitt’s creativity and offer a multifaceted reassessment of this singular and influential artist.
David S. Areford is associate professor and department chair of art at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is the author of Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints.
“Locating Sol LeWitt . . . carefully reconsider[s] the artist through nine essays, copious illustrations, and some conspicuously heroic academic labor.”—David O’Neill, Bookforum
“American artist Sol LeWitt’s monumental contribution to modern art . . . is thoroughly examined in Locating Sol LeWitt. The book drops us into the deep end of his broad art practice and goes far beyond his widely recognized wall drawings to include photography, bookmaking, sculpture, and printmaking.”—Allison Schaller, Vanity Fair
“An incisive look at a practice that is both ‘ironically excessive’ and ‘absurdly rudimentary,’ as James H. Miller writes—one that’s comprised of intersecting lines of thought, pointing in every direction.”—Mira Dayal,ARTnews(“Best Art Books of 2021”)
“Shedding new light on Sol LeWitt’s conceptual practice and his artworks, this book addresses some of the most interesting—and previously underexplored—aspects of LeWitt’s art.”—Gwen Allen, San Francisco State University
“This rich volume dispels once and for all the presumption that Sol LeWitt's artistic practice is easily summarized. Readers will be repeatedly struck by the multifaceted, experimental, and often highly personal dimension to his work that emerges from these pages.”—Alistair Rider, University of St Andrews
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