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Sol LeWitt (September 9, 1928 – April 8, 2007) was born in Hartford, Connecticut. After receiving his B.F.A. degree from Syracuse University and serving in the Korean War as a graphic artist, he moved to New York in 1953, setting up a studio on the lower east side. He studied at the School of Visual Arts while also pursuing his interest in design in the various jobs he took to support himself, including working as a clerk and night receptionist at the MOMA. A year long stint working as a graphic designer for the architect I.M. Pei was a formative experience in his thinking about the concept vs. the execution of art. As LeWitt later wrote, “An architect doesn’t go off with a shovel and dig his foundation and lay every brick. He’s still an artist.”
LeWitt is considered a founder of mimimal and conceptual art. His seminal 1967 article in Art Forum "Paragraphs on Conceptual Art" and his 1969 "Sentences on Conceptual Art" that appeared in 0 to 9 magazine in New York and Art-Language in England were milestones in the conceptual art movement of the 70's and defined the course of LeWitt's work.