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April 09, 2007

Sol Lewitt, 1928 - 2007

Sol Lewitt, Master of Conceptualism, dies at 78. [via NYTimes].

Fallece pionero del arte conceptual. [via BBC Mundo]

I have just begun to explore the ideas of Sol Lewitt, especially thinking how they can inform the work of new media. His work has an algorithmic component, and a collaborative component. The residue or outcomes of his process challenged those who would treat those outcomes as precious artifacts.

Lewitt's "Sentences on Conceptual Art" from 1969 form a kind of primer on how to read and make conceptual art. Although within the sentences, he claims that the sentences are not a conceptual work, I think that they are.

I've created an iPod Notes version of the sentences on conceptual art that are available for download as a 24KB zipped archive. They are useful for reflection. You'll need a third generation device or newer. Drag the unzipped folder into your iPod's Notes directory to carry them around with you.

[thanks to Make and Phillip Torrone for the HowTo]

Posted by SWEAT at April 9, 2007 08:19 AM