Oral history interview with Sol LeWitt

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.lewitt74
Creators:
LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007
Cummings, Paul
Dates:
1974 July 15
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
75 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Sol LeWitt conducted 1974 July 15, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
LeWitt speaks of his studies at Syracuse University, the Tiffany Foundation award for his lithograph, odd jobs, his work for magazines and the graphics department of I. M. Pei's firm, travel in Europe, his army service, graphic design work, typography, and abstract expressionism.
Scope and Contents
He discusses his job at the Museum of Modern Art, influences upon his work, his interest in film and the photographs of Eadward Muybridge, and exhibitions at the Dwan, Daniels, and Kaymar Galleries. LeWitt comments on his change from metal to wood sculpture; conceptual, minimal and post-minimal art; series and systems; his wall drawings; torn paper and folded paper "drawings"; prints and etchings; music and books; and the exploitation of art and artists. He recalls Anthony Candido, Dan Flavin, Earl Kerkam, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) was a sculptor and draftsman of Italy and New York.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available online.
Author
Sponsor
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 6 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Abstract expressionism Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Minimal sculpture -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Graphic artists -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Candido, Anthony, 1924- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Flavin, Dan, 1933- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kerkam, Earl, 1891-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Syracuse University -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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