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Sol LeWitt - Horizontal Bands
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London
July 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 GBP
Realised: 44.100 GBP
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Sol Lewitt - Irregular Form
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First Open | Post-War & Contemporary Art
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 6.000 - 8.000 USD
Realised: 15.120 USD
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Sol Lewitt - Working Drawing for Wall Drawing #260 (Musée d\'Art Contemporain, Montreal)
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Post-War & Contemporary Art Online
July 2022
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 7.013 USD
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Sol LeWitt - Brushstrokes in All Directions (K. 1994.05)
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Editions Southampton
June 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 1.500 - 2.500 USD
Realised: 3.528 USD
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Sol LeWitt - Stars (K. 2002.02)
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Editions Southampton
June 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 USD
Realised: 10.710 USD
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Sol LeWitt - Untitled
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Living Contemporary
June 2022
Sothebys, Cologne
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Sol LeWitt - Complex form with colours superimposed
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De l'avant-garde à nos jours
June 2022
Bonhams, Paris
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 EUR
Realised: 14.025 EUR
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Sol LeWitt - Brushstrokes in Different Colors in Two Directions: Plate #01 (K. 1993.08)
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Evening & Day Editions
June 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 GBP
Realised: 3.150 GBP
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Sol LeWitt - Six-Sided Figure
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Sol LeWitt - Horizontal Bands (More or Less)
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 12.000 - 18.000 USD
Realised: 24.225 USD
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Sol LeWitt - Irregular Grid
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 18.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 48.255 USD
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The artist Sol LeWitt

  • Representative of minimalism and pioneer of conceptual art.
  • Held a fascination for the serial representation of repetition.
  • The idea that preceded his work was more important to him than the work itself.

Sol LeWitt, born 09.09.1928 in Hartford, Connecticut as Solomon LeWitt, deceased 08.04.2007 in New York, was an American Minimalist artist and pioneer of Conceptual Art. LeWitt was fascinated by series consisting of repetitions. One of his early sources of inspiration was the series of moving sequences in the works of the photographer Eadweard Muybridge. On the basis of these, he eventually created oil paintings, which, in addition to the photographic model, were above all influenced by LeWitt's enthusiasm for serial repetition.

He soon turned his attention to the cube as a form, which he tried to restage – this is how one of his most prominent works came into being: the Sculpture Series. The spatially arranged cubes, made of lattice bars and consisting of individual modules, resulted in a system as a whole. Later, LeWitt followed the sculptures with his now highly regarded large-scale, geometric and colourful wall paintings. He always created the Wall Drawings according to his systematic approach, for which he would later become known: The idea was always more important to him than the work itself.

Thus one of his most quoted statements is: »The idea becomes a machine that creates the art« – it is taken from his essay Paragraphs on Conceptual Art (1967). During his artistic development, LeWitt oriented himself primarily towards Bauhaus Constructivism and the geometric-abstract representations of the Dutch group De Stijl. From 1945 to 1949, LeWitt attended Syracuse University in New York before being stationed by the US Army in Korea and Japan in 1951. In 1953, he returned to New York and began studying at the Cartoonist and Illustration School.

In the 1960s, he worked in the museum shop of the Museum of Modern Art, where he made important contacts with artists such as Dan Flavin, Robert Ryman, Robert Mangold and Scott Burton. In 1971, he founded the art book publisher Printed Matter together with Lucy Lippard. LeWitt's works were shown at the documenta between 1968 and 1982 and are now part of the collections of the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina in Naples, the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg and the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich. He lived alternately in Chester, Connecticut, and Spoleto, Italy, until his death in 2007.

Der Künstler Sol LeWitt

  • Vertreter des Minimalismus und Vorreiter der Konzeptkunst.
  • Hegte eine Faszination für die serielle Darstellung von Wiederholungen.
  • Die Idee, die seiner Arbeit vorausging, war ihm stets wichtiger als das Werk an sich.

Sol LeWitt, geb. 09.09.1928 in Hartford, Connecticut als Solomon LeWitt, gest. 08.04.2007 in New York, war ein US-amerikanischer Künstler des Minimalismus und Vorreiter der Konzeptkunst. LeWitt hegte eine Faszination für aus Wiederholungen bestehende Serien. So stellte bereits eine seiner frühen Inspirationsquellen die Aneinanderreihung von bewegten Sequenzen in den Werken des Fotografen  Eadweard Muybridge dar. Auf ihrer Grundlage fertigte er schließlich Ölgemälde, die neben der fotografischen Vorlage vor allem durch LeWitts Enthusiasmus für serielle Wiederholung geprägt waren.

Alsbald widmete er sich dem Würfel als Form, den er neu zu inszenieren versuchte – so entstand eines seiner prominentesten Werke: die Sculpture Series. Die räumlich angeordneten Würfel, aus Gitterstäben gefertigt und aus einzelnen Modulen bestehend, ergaben als Ganzes ein System. Später ließ LeWitt den Skulpturen seine heute hoch angesehenen großformatigen, geometrischen und bunten Wandmalereien folgen. Die Wall Drawings schuf er stets nach seiner systematischen Vorgehensweise, für die er später bekannt werden sollte: Die Idee war ihm dabei stets wichtiger als das Werk selbst.

So lautet eine seiner meist zitierten Aussagen: »Die Idee wird zu einer Maschine, die die Kunst schafft« – sie ist seinem Essay Paragraphs on Conceptual Art (1967) entnommen. LeWitt orientierte sich während seiner künstlerischen Entwicklung vorrangig am Bauhaus-Konstruktivismus sowie an den geometrisch-abstrakten Darstellungen der niederländischen Gruppe De Stijl. Von 1945 bis 1949 besuchte LeWitt die Syracuse University in New York, bevor er 1951 von der US-Armee in Korea und Japan stationiert wurde. 1953 kehrte er nach New York zurück und nahm dort ein Studium an der Cartoonist and Illustration School auf.

In den 1960er-Jahren arbeitete im Museumsshop des Museum of Modern Art und knüpfte dort für ihn bedeutsame Kontakte zu Künstlern wie Dan Flavin, Robert Ryman, Robert Mangold und Scott Burton. 1971 gründete er gemeinsam mit Lucy Lippard  den Kunstbuchverlag Printed Matter. LeWitts Werke waren zwischen 1968 und 1982 jeweils auf der documenta zu sehen und gehören indessen u. a. zu den Sammlungen des Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina in Neapel und dem Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg. Er lebte bis zu seinem Tod 2007 abwechselnd in Chester, Connecticut, und in Spoleto, Italien.  

Sol Lewitt - Horizontal Yellow Lines
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 USD
Realised: 35.280 USD
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Sol Lewitt - A Cube with Color Ink Washes Superimposed
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 37.800 USD
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Sol Lewitt - Not Straight Brushstrokes in All Directions
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 USD
Realised: 69.300 USD
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Sol LeWitt - Form Derived from a Cube (Drawing No. 3)
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Contemporary Day Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 18.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 22.680 USD
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Sol LeWitt - Open Cube Structure
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Contemporary Day Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 80.000 - 120.000 USD
Realised: 151.200 USD
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Sol LeWitt - Colors with Lines in Four Directions, Within a Black Border (Blue), from Four x Four x Four portfolio
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 4.000 - 6.000 USD
Realised: 8.288 USD
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Sol Lewitt - Tondo Stars (6 works)
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
May 2022
Bonhams, New York
Est.: 8.000 - 10.000 USD
Realised: 9.563 USD
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Sol LeWitt - Splotch #19
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 70.000 - 90.000 USD
Realised: 75.600 USD
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Sol Lewitt - Horizontal Lines in Black and Gray
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 75.600 USD
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Sol LeWitt - Wall Drawing #1023: Isometric form
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session
May 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 120.000 - 180.000 USD
Realised: 151.200 USD
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Sol LeWitt - Straight Brushstrokes in all Directions
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Wired: Online Auction
May 2022
Phillips, Online Auction
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 GBP
Realised: 11.970 GBP
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Sol LeWitt - Brick Wall
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Collection Loïc Malle: Only Time Will Tell
April 2022
Sothebys, Paris
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 EUR
Realised: 25.200 EUR
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