Born the son of Russian immigrants in Connecticut in 1928, has been since
the 1960ís one of the most prolific and influential figures in contemporary
American art and the conceptual art movement. He began taking art classes
as a child, and by the time of his graduation from high school had decided
to pursue art as a career.
art education included a degree in art from Syracuse University, graduate
work at the University of Illinois, and extensive travel and study in
Europe. After a tour in the Korean War, LeWitt attended the Cartoonists
and Illustrators School (now the School for Visual Arts) in New York.
His jobs included working in the design department at Seventeen magazine
and as a graphic designer for the architect I.M. Pei.
1959 the Museum of Modern Artís exhibition Sixteen Americans introduced
LeWitt to the work of artists such as Jasper
Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella. This
exhibition proved the catalyst for LeWittís development of his theory
of conceptual art. By the early Sixties LeWitt was experimenting with
his method of working in series and permutations. His first one-man exhibition
was held in 1965.
extensive career spans more than four decades and many media including
sculpture, painting, drawing, books, and prints. He stands as one of the
key figures of the 1960ís, bridging the movements of Minimal and Conceptual