Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt died on April 8 at the age of seventy-eight. At the time, Artforum was poised to publish “Scribbles” a new group of seven drawings that he had recently completed for our pages. LeWitt had asked that these images be accompanied by no explanatory information, save for his name and the title on the table of contents. Though we might have been tempted to say more after learning of his passing, we presented the work in our May issue exactly as he had wished—yet now as a memorial tribute. Here, we follow that portfolio with remembrances by artists Mel Bochner and John Baldessari, LeWitt’s friends of forty years.


WHEN MANET DIED, Degas said, “He was much greater than we thought.” And the same is true of Sol LeWitt.

Sol and I were friends for more than forty years. But my conversation with him began before I had even met him. I first heard his name in the studio of the painter

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