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Locating Sol LeWitt

David S. Areford (Editor), Lindsay Aveilhe (Contributions by), Erica DiBenedetto (Contributions by), Anna Lovatt (Contributions by), James H. Miller (Contributions by), Veronica Roberts (Contributions by), Kirsten Swenson (Contributions by), John A. Tyson (Contributions by)


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A revelatory consideration of the wide-ranging practice of one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century

A pioneer of minimalism and conceptual art, Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) is best known for his monumental wall drawings. LeWitt’s broad artistic practice, however, also included photography, artist’s books, sculpture, and printmaking. From the familiar to the underappreciated aspects of the artist’s oeuvre, this book examines the ways that LeWitt’s work was multidisciplinary, humorous, philosophical, and even religious.
Locating Sol LeWitt contains nine new essays that explore the artist’s work across media and address topics such as LeWitt’s formative friendships with colleagues at the Museum of Modern Art in the early 1960s; his photographs of Manhattan’s Lower East Side; his 1979 collaboration with Lucinda Childs and Philip Glass and its impact on his printmaking; and his commissions linked to Jewish history and the Holocaust. The essays offer insights into the role of parody, experimentation, and uncertainty in the artist’s practice, along with contingency in relation to site, space, and movement. Together, these studies shed light on the full scope of LeWitt’s creativity and offer a multifaceted reassessment of this singular and influential artist.

Praise For Locating Sol LeWitt

“Shedding new light on Sol LeWitt’s conceptual practice and his artworks, this book addresses some of the most interesting—and previously underexplored—aspects of LeWitt’s art.”—Gwen Allen, San Francisco State University

“This rich volume dispels once and for all the presumption that Sol LeWitt's artistic practice is easily summarized. Readers will be repeatedly struck by the multifaceted, experimental, and often highly personal dimension to his work that emerges from these pages.”—Alistair Rider, University of St Andrews

Yale University Press, 9780300246049, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 23, 2021

About the Author

David S. Areford is associate professor and department chair of art at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is the author of Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints.