Sol LeWitt, born 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut, lived and worked in New York and near Spoleto (Italy); he died in 2007. LeWitt is considered one of the most influential practitioners of conceptual art, a form in which the essence of the work is the artist´s idea rather than the craftsmanship of execution. LeWitt saw the artist in a role analogous to that of the architect, who designs a building but does not build it. He developed his artistic vocabulary from basic geometric structures and their transformation by using - as is typical for the minimalist tendencies of his generation - these fundamental elements as regular repeated modular units or as series which explore a range of possibilities in a logical, preset sequence. LeWitt was fascinated by the multiplicity of things, especially the multiplicity of things that can be generated by a simple idea.
Wall Drawing 1992 From Wall Works "wall drawing" to be written on a wall in the hand of the owner, medium and size to be chosen by the owner. Limited to 10 installations. Certificate: an 8 x 10" black and white photograph of the installation, which was to be sent by the owner to the artist to have it signed, numbered and returned.
As one of the first truly contemporary artists, LeWitt did wall drawings beginning in 1968. Initially they were executed in pencil in his own hand, but soon they were replaced by written instructions and sketches meant to enable any competent draftsperson to execute a wall drawing. This concept confirmed LeWitt´s notion of the artist as a thinker and originator of ideas rather than as a craftsperson. Due to the temporary nature of most LeWitt wall drawings the instructions given by the artist function somewhat as do musical scores, and the artist welcomes subsequent performances in other locations.
Wall Drawing #891 1998 From Wall Works A flat red 91 cm (36 in) circle within a glossy red square 150 x 150 cm (60 x 60 in), painted directly on the wall. Limited to one installation (unique). Certificate: text on paper, signed, and a diagram of the work in pencil or ink, 8 x 10 in.
Irregular Horizontal Color Bands... 1997 [Irregular Horizontal Color Bands and Irregular Color Arcs from the Lower Left Side] Set of two oil-based woodcusts on Japanese paper, 30.5 x 40.5 cm (12 x 16 in.) each. Edition of 25, signed and numbered.