Sol Lewitt was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1929. He attended Syracuse University from 1945 -1949. He has taught at several universities including the Museum of Modern Art School, New York, Cooper Union, The School of Visual Arts, and New York University. He is best known for his work with geometric designs, more specifically cubes and rectangles. Lewitt produced the shapes in all possible permutations on a grid. It is his belief that the most important part of art is the process, not necessarily the outcome. He does not think that the way viewers perceive a piece of art is as meaningful as the thought that went into it.
Lewitt is identified with minimal ism and architectural sculpture. His open, identical cubes are multiplied to form proportionately larger units which dominate the space that contains them. "Spiral 123456789" utilizes enamel-painted aluminum sculpture composed of interlocking bars, which is representative of Lewitt ' s minimalist, conceptual style. As with much of his work, the physical essence is only the outline of the cubes which themselves are empty space. The white grids are geometric abstractions. Lewitt's work is found in most major museums throughout the world.
Selected Public Collections
Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
Haags Gemeente museum, The Hague, Holland
High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
Houston Museum of Art, Houston, Texas
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Kunstnemes Hus, Oslo, Norway
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Musee National D' Art Moderne, Paris, France
Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland
Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Panza di Buomo, Varese, Italy
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Rijksmuseum Kroller Muller, Otterlo, Holland
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Holland
The Tate Gallery, London, England
The Wadsworth Athenum, Hartford, Connecticut
The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Westfalischer Kunstverein, Munster, Germany
The Whitney Museum, New York.