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Biography of Sol LeWitt

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b. 1928, Hartford, Connecticut | d. 2007, New York

1928
Born on September 9.
1949
Graduates with a degree in fine arts from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.
1951–53
Serves in the United States Army. Posted to California, Japan, and Korea during the Korean War.
1953
Moves to New York and enrolls in the Cartoonists and Illustrators School (later named the School of Visual Arts).
1955
Works as a graphic designer in the studio of architect Ieoh Ming Pei, author of the famous pyramid of the Musée du Louvre.
1960
Begins to work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (first in the bookstore and then as a receptionist), where he meets artists including Dan Flavin, Robert Mangold, and Robert Ryman, as well as the art critic Lucy Lippard.
1965
Has his first solo show, at John Daniels Gallery in New York. Creates his first modular pieces.
1966
Participates in the historic exhibition Primary Structures, later identified as marking the emergence of Minimalism, at the Jewish Museum in New York. Solo Show at Dwan Gallery in New York.
1967
Publishes “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art” in Artforum; the essay is considered the founding manifesto of Conceptual art.
1968
Makes his first wall drawing at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, in a show organized to raise funds for student committees against the Vietnam War. Participates in Documenta 4 in Kassel, Germany.
1969
Is included in the When Attitudes Become Form exhibition curated by Harald Szeeman at the Kunsthalle Bern. Publishes “Sentences on Conceptual Art” in the journal 0–9. First museum exhibition, at the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld, Germany.
1970
Exhibits at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Hague, and at the Pasadena Art Museum in Pasadena, California.
1971
Exhibitions of LeWitt's work are presented at galleries in New York, Milan, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, and London.
1974
The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam mounts a show of LeWitt's prints.
1975
Incomplete Open Cubes and Wall Drawings opens at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh and later travels to the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford and the Kunsthalle Basel.
1976
Exhibits at the Kolnischer Kunstverein in Cologne. Participates in the XXXVII Biennale di Venezia.
1977
Exhibits at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City. Participates in Documenta 6 in Kassel, Germany.
1978
The Museum of Modern Art in New York presents a major retrospective of LeWitt's work. The exhibition later travels to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, California, among other venues.
1980
Moves to Spoleto, Italy. Exhibits at the Akron Art Institute in Akron, Ohio. Participates in the XXXIX Biennale di Venezia.
1981
The Palac Kultury in Warsaw mounts an exhibition of LeWitt's work.
1982
Participates in Documenta 7 in Kassel, Germany.
1983
Exhibits at CAPC, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Perugia, Italy; and the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva.
1984
Exhibitions of LeWitt's work are organized at two museums in the Netherlands: the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.
1985
Creates a wall drawing at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
1986
Returns to the United States, where he settles in Chester, Connecticut. The Tate Gallery in London presents the retrospective Sol LeWitt: Prints, 1970–1986.
1987
Exhibits at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
1988
The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis presents an exhibition of LeWitt's graphic work. Participates in the XLIII Biennale di Venezia.
1989
Exhibits at the Kunsthalle Bern.
1990
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo presents an exhibition of recent work by LeWitt.
1993
Exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford and takes part in the exhibition Art against AIDS at the XLV Biennale di Venezia.
1994
The retrospective exhibition Sol LeWitt: Drawings, 1958–1992 opens at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Hague and later travels to the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford; Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte in Münster, Germany; Henry Moore Sculpture Trust and Leeds City Art Gallery in Leeds; Kunstmuseum Winterthur; Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona; and Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
1995
Exhibits at the Kunstverein Ludwigsburg in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
1996
A retrospective exhibition of LeWitt's wall drawings is mounted at the Renn Espace Art Contemporain in Paris.
1997
LeWitt's work is featured in The Guggenheim Museums and the Art of This Century, the inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
2000
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art holds a retrospective exhibition of LeWitt's work. The exhibition later travels to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
2001
Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings is exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
2003
Presents his first photography exhibition, Sol LeWitt: Fotografías, at the Fundación ICO in Madrid.
2005
An exhibition of five outdoor sculptures and a wall drawing is installed on the roof garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
2006
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, Wisconsin, presents an exhibition of LeWitt's work. Participates in the exhibition Homage to Chillida at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
2007
Dies of cancer on April 8.
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