sol lewitt – minimal memories
Artist Sol Lewitt died a few days ago at the age of 71. Lewitt was a member of the minimalist movement of the 1960s. The minimalist idea was pretty simple – strip your art down to a very basic idea and work from that. Lewitt’s art usually fell into three categories.
1. Cubes and squares: Lewitt first became famous in the late 1960s for making sculptures that etched out shapes in space. The best ones merely suggest sabstract geometric objects. Here’s one of my favorites – Cube Structure Based on Nine Modules (Wall/Floor Piece #2), 1976–77. It’s in the Smith College art museum collection.
2. Colorful drawings: Lewitt also worked on beautiful and immense wall drawings. Here is a vivid example he made in 2004 for the Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich, Switzerland.
3. Splotch Forms: In his last years, Lewitt returned to large sculpture. He stuck with the idea of basic shapes, but instead of straight lines, he made joyous, colorful curvy forms. My favorite is “Splotch #15,” which was installed on the rooftop of the Met in New York in 2005.
Thank you, for bringing a little color into our lives!