Oral history interview with Sol LeWitt, 1974 July 15
Transcript: 75 p.
An interview of Sol LeWitt conducted 1974 July 15, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. 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. 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.
Place of publication, production, or execution: United States
General Note: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 6 min.
Access Note / Rights: Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Citation: Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Sol LeWitt, 1974 July 15. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms: Transcript available online.
Funding: 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.
Biography Note: Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) was a sculptor and draftsman of Italy and New York.
Provenance: 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.
Location Note: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
interviewee: LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007
interviewer: Cummings, Paul, 1933-
Subject: Muybridge, Eadweard James
Subject: Candido, Anthony
Subject: Kerkam, Earl Cavis
Subject: Flavin, Dan
Subject: Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
Subject: Syracuse University
Record number: (DSI-AAA_CollID)12701
Record number: (DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211968
Record number: AAA_collcode_lewitt74