Three years after installing Wall Drawing #1085: Drawing Series—Composite, Part I-IV, #1-24, A+B (1968) at Dia Beacon, Sol LeWitt returned to execute its companion, Wall Drawing #1211 (1968). LeWitt also selected twelve other wall drawings, conceived in the early 1970s, to realize in adjacent galleries. This presentation was the final iteration of his wall drawing series to be installed with the artist before his death in 2007. Originally scheduled to close in September 2007, the exhibition run was extended by ten years.
Sol LeWitt was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1928. In his 1967 text “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art,” LeWitt formulated a principle that would drive his practice for the rest of his career: “the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work.” The primacy of the idea, and its active role in generating the form of the artwork, united the artist’s output across many mediums, including wall drawings, sculptures, printmaking, and artist’s books. He had his first solo exhibition at the Daniels Gallery, New York, in 1965; the following year, Dwan Gallery, New York, mounted the first in a series of solo exhibitions. He participated in several significant group exhibitions of Minimalist and Conceptual art during the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Primary Structures at the Jewish Museum, New York, in 1966, and When Attitudes Become Form at the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, in 1969. LeWitt’s relationship with Dia predates the institution’s founding, as the artist showed his work at the Munich gallery of Heiner Freidrich, Dia’s co-founder, in 1968. LeWitt was one of the artists invited to choose a location for their work when Dia Beacon opened in 2003. LeWitt died in 2007 in New York.
Sol LeWitt was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1928. He died in New York City in 2007.