• A Social Art Compatible with My Thinking: Sol LeWitt in the Changing Landscape of Conceptual Art in the 1970s

    Author(s):
    Katherine Jánszky Michaelsen (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Subject(s):
    History of art, 20th century, Conceptual, Photography
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Sol LeWitt, unpublished letters, conceptual art, minimalism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/bzf9-7129
    Abstract:
    The title of this paper is a quote (28 Nov. 1972) from a collection of unpublished letters that Sol LeWitt wrote to a friend in Paris. In 1972 LeWitt was an established and successful artist with a crowded exhibition schedule. His letters -- often daily -- were written at a time when the forces of feminism and political activism of all kinds, combined with the immense sway of pop art, were noticeably changing the artistic landscape in a direction sharply opposed to LeWitt's personal conceptual proclivities. The paper focuses on developments in contemporary art in New York that Sol LeWitt observed and wrote about in his letters, and on a series of unpublished snapshots of his studio that eventually gave rise to Autobiography, 1980, a photographic work that is unique in LeWitt’s oeuvre for its merging of art and life.
    Metadata:
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved
    Share this:

    Downloads

    Item Name: docx sl-social-art-2018.docx
      Download
    Activity: Downloads: 12