Sol Lewitt: In Memoriam, September 9, 1928 — April 8, 2007


Sol Lewitt, In Memoriam, MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn

Sol LeWitt, Cubic-Modular Wall Structure, Black, 1966
Painted wood, 43 1/2 x 43 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches
Collection of Museum of Modern Art, NY

Sol Lewitt, Paragraphs on Conceptual Art  (1967)

“I will refer to the kind of art in which I am involved as conceptual art.  In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work.  (In other forms of art, the concept may be changed in the process of execution.)  When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair.  The idea becomes a machine that makes the art…

Conceptual art is not necessarily logical.  The logic of a piece or series of pieces is a device that is used at times only to be ruined…  The ideas need not be complex.  Most ideas that are successful are ludicriously simple…  Ideas are discovered by intuition.

What the work of art looks like isn’t too important.  It has to look like something if it has physicaly form.  No matter what form it may finally have, it must begin with an idea.  It is the process of conception and realization with which the artist is concerned…

Conceptual art doesn’t really have much to do with mathematics, philosophy, or any other mental discipline.  The mathematics used by most artists is simple arithmetic or simple number systems.  The philosophy of the work is implicit in the work and is not an illustration of any system of philisophy…  

Conceptual art is only good when the idea is good.”