Sol LeWitt, born in 1928 in Connecticut, studied at Syracuse University in New York, where he most of his life. A pioneer of Conceptual Art, he is well-known for his “structures”, wall drawings physically executed according to his instructions by either himself, the owners of his work, or others.
Asserting the conception of the art as integral to artistic authorship, LeWitt challenged the essentiality of the hand of the artist. His mediums include paint, drawing, lithography, etching, and sculpture. Influenced by Russian Constructivism, he employed the use of materials such as metal, glass, cardboard, wood and plastic. His works are characteristically impersonal, neutral, and devoid of symbol. In appearance, they are abstract and geometric, often including straight lines and
monochromatic shapes. Related artists include Joseph Kosuth, On Kawara, Alighiero Boetti, Roman Opalka, and the Minimalists. A major mid-career retrospective in 1978 at the MoMA in New York established his historical importance. LeWitt died in 2007 at the age of 78.