Sol LeWitt (Sept 9, 1928 – Apr 8, 2007)

 

“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.”

“The artist is seen like a producer of commodities, like a factory that turns our refrigerators. I believe that the artist’s involvement in the capitalist structure is disadvantageous to the artist and forces him to produce objects in order to live.”

“Artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.”

“In conceptual art the idea or the concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair…it is intuitive; it is involved with all types of mental processes and it is purposeless. It is usually free from the dependence on the skill of the artist as a craftsman.”

“The ideas need not be complex. Most ideas that are successful are ludicrously simple. Successful ideas generally have the appearance of simplicity because they seem inevitable.”

“Minimal art went nowhere. Conceptual art became the liberating idea that gave the art of the next 40 years its real impetus. All of the significant art of today stems from Conceptual art. This includes the art of installation, political, feminist and socially directed art. The other great development has been in photography, but that too was influenced by Conceptual art.”

MASS Moca

Related image

Splotch #22, 2007

 

Paula Cooper Gallery, Chelsea, NY

 

 

 

Wall Drawing #370, Metropolitan Museum

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