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Sol Lewitt: Word ↔ Object

SOL LEWITT EPITOMIZES THE LEAN intellectual orientation in current art. His moral and formal example is noteworthy and his influence can be seen in a range of work as diverse as the complex structural innuendos of Eva Hesse to the pared down verifications of Mel Bochner. The ubiquitousness and serviceability of LeWitt’s achievement often make him difficult to categorize. There are rare instances of theatrical Conceptual production, for example, The Buried Cube of 1968 (a work documented in the catalogue of Sol LeWitt’s retrospective held at the Haags Gemeentemuseum in the summer of 1970). That Sol LeWitt’s work should seem to touch many bases is problematic—my problem, not his. I believe that ’there is a more sharply focused vision of LeWitt’s contribution than perhaps the artist would be willing to admit.

One especially appreciates LeWitt’s seminal position in the evolution of Conceptual

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