The American conceptional artist Sol LeWitt recently passed away at the age of 78. The artist died after a long struggle with cancer.
“He reduced art to a few of the most basic shapes (quadrilaterals, spheres, triangles), colors (red, yellow, blue, black) and types of lines, and organized them by guidelines he felt in the end free to bend. Much of what he devised came down to specific ideas or instructions: a thought you were meant to contemplate, or plans for drawings or actions that could be carried out by you, or not.” NY Times
Sol LeWitt – born September 9, 1928 – died April 8, 2007
Here’s some Sol LeWitt quotes about art..
- The artist is seen like a producer of commodities, like a factory that turns our refrigerators.
- The artist’s aim is not to instruct the viewer, but to give information, whether the viewer understands the information is incidental to the artist.
- Artists teach critics what to think. Critics repeat what the artists teach them.
- Artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.