Sol LeWitt was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1928, to a family of Russian immigrants. He studied art at Syracuse University, before being drafted to the Korean War in 1951, during which he made posters for the Special Services. After the war, LeWitt moved to New York to study illustration and cartooning. Around the same time, he started a job at the book counter at the Museum of Modern Art. There his colleagues were other young artists, including Dan Flavin, Robert Ryman and Robert Mangold, who with him would later become the founders of Minimalism. LeWitt became fascinated with Russian Constructivism, and with Eadweard Muybridge's photographs representing people and animals in motion. Thanks to his casual encounters and chosen influences, by the early 1960s LeWitt had developed his unique approach to making art. LeWitt died in New York in 2007. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Tate Gallery in London, UK.
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