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Sol LeWitt: A Life of Ideas -- A Biography by Lary Bloom
Bloom Joins Us at the Institute Library for a Chat with Linda Lindroth
Sol LeWitt was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, upending traditional practices of how art is made and marketed. Believing that the way the mind thinks about art could be more significant than the work done by the artist's own hand, he created an oeuvre of site-specific works. For these works—wall drawings and sculpture in dozens of countries—he created the idea and basic plan and then hired young artists to install the pieces. Though typically enormous and intricate, the physical works held no value as we would generally think of art as having "value"; the worth was in the pieces of paper that certified and described them. LeWitt championed and financially supported colleagues, including women artists brushed aside by the bullies of a male-dominated profession. Yet the man himself remained an enigma, as he refused to participate in the culture of celebrity.
New Haven writer Lary Bloom (larybloom.net), author of several previous books and longtime faculty member at Fairfield University's MFA program, drew on personal recollections of LeWitt, whom he knew in the last years of the artist's life, as well as LeWitt's letters and papers, and over one hundred original interviews with his friends and colleagues.
Mr. Bloom will be joined by Linda Lindroth, an artist/photographer, educator, and writer. Ms. Lindroth earned her BA and MFA in Art from Rutgers University. Her work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
Through a visual presentation, and conversation with Ms. Lindroth, Lary Bloom will bring light and clarity to the life of Sol LeWitt, whose work is so recognizable, and about whom most of us know so little. Please join us upstairs at the Institute Library, Thursday, September 5th, from 7:00-9:00, to hear Mr. Bloom and Ms. Lindroth discuss this giant of the art world.