Issue #123  4/9/2007
Artist Sol Lewitt Dies

Sol LeWitt, one of America's most revered and controversial modernist artists, died yesterday in New York City from complications due to cancer. LeWitt helped establish Conceptualism and Minimalism as major art movements. He often documented his work and process with photography, and apparently was highly influenced by a book of Eadweard Muybridge photograph sequences and Russian Constructivism.

According to his obituary in the New York Times, his 1980 work called 'Autobiography' "consisted of more than 1,000 photographs he took of every nook and cranny of his Manhattan loft, down to the plumbing fixtures, wall sockets and empty marmalade jars, and documented everything that had happened to him in the course of taking the pictures. But he appeared in only one photograph, which was so small and out of focus that it is nearly impossible to make him out."