Sol LeWitt (American, 1928 – 2007) is perhaps America’s most popular Contemporary artist, known for his exploration of lines, shapes and colors, often on a massive scale. His work is represented in the finest museums and galleries in the world. Born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut, LeWitt took art classes at the Wadsworth Atheneum, where he would later install monumental wall drawings. He studied art at Syracuse University, and all the while his style changed. By the mid 20th century, LeWitt was experimenting with abstract forms in paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.
Very little is representational in Sol LeWitt’s artwork – there are no landscapes, portraits, or bowls of fruit in his mature work. While LeWitt’s art was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, his approach was more formal: LeWitt was interested in geometric shapes and lines, and the interplay of colors with one another. Unlike the works of Jackson Pollock (American, 1912 – 1956), where colors and forms are randomly placed and organically shaped, LeWitt’s works are carefully planned, rational arrangements of colors and forms, orchestrated like a well-arranged symphony. LeWitt, who was considered a Minimalist and Conceptual artist, also preferred these “simpler” ideas for his works as they better fit his philosophy of art. In addition, his very finished and rational works of art often have very few signs of their making by LeWitt, as he viewed his art as more of a machine production. Thus, his works appear further removed from human expression and closer to a more ideal, abstract expression on the Formal plain.
Sol LeWitt’s Media
Sol LeWitt worked in painting, sculpture, and works on paper (as well as designing the Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek Synagogue in Chester, CT). Prints and multiples were of special importance to LeWitt, as these allowed his art to reach a wider audience and become reproducible, a point that was of great philosophical interest to LeWitt. Nest Egg Auctions has sold LeWitt multiples, including an exhibition t-shirt he designed and a drawing of wavy lines (a beloved motif) on the back of two museum postcards taped together.
A LeWitt Sculpture at Nest Egg Auctions
Nest Egg Auctions has also had the privilege of selling an original sculpture by Sol LeWitt in 2012. Seven Pointed Star Structure (1989) was produced for an installation in Central Park in New York City. Formally, it is a large aluminum sculpture in the shape of a seven pointed star that rises from its base. It is painted white, and shows very little signs of its manufacture. Thus, it is an excellent example of LeWitt’s Conceptual philosophy. This important sculpture sold for $118,000.
Selling LeWitt at Nest Egg Auctions
Nest Egg Auctions is always excited to see works by Sol LeWitt, especially since he was a Connecticut artist. If you have a work by LeWitt, whether it is a print, a sculpture, a drawing, or a painting, please reach out to us. We would be happy to discuss your work with you, and we would be delighted to sell it at auction.