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Sol LeWitt, 1928–2007

Happy Days in 2004 Sol & Carol2004

‘Sol’s early work is particularly wonderful – when he evolved the notion that the idea makes the work and the execution can be carried out by others. He pioneered many things – others carrying through his ideas, keeping prices on his work down so that it was accessible to those who weren’t wealthy, devising infinite applications of lines (he was always a line-man), using language to describe, locate, invent, exactly fitting the work to the site, and writing some of the key texts of conceptualism. He was particularly fond of Barbara and sent her many of those famous little cards with drawings on them’.
Brian O’Doherty, ‘Post War American Art: The Novak/O’Doherty Collection’ (IMMA: 2011), p. 105.

MediumDrawing on postcards, felt-tip pen
Dimensions Unframed, 10.8 x 15.1 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: The Novak/O'Doherty Collection at IMMAGift, The American Ireland Fund, 2014
Item NumberIMMA.3858.003
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Sol LeWitt, Happy Days in 2004 Sol & Carol, 2004, Drawing on postcards, felt-tip pen, Unframed, 10.8 x 15.1 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Novak/O'Doherty Collection at IMMAGift, The American Ireland Fund, 2014

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Sol LeWitt 1928–2007

A founding figure of both Minimal and Conceptual art, Sol LeWitt was born in Hartford, Conneticut. LeWitt attended Syracuse University then served in the United States Army in Korea and Japan. He moved to New York in 1953 where he took classes at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School and worked as a draughtsman. LeWitt participated in several significant group exhibitions of Minimalist and Conceptual art in the late 1960s and 1970s. ‘Sol LeWitt: New Wall Drawings’ was shown at IMMA in 2001.

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