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A blind man can make art if what is in his mind can be passed to another mind in some tangible form.

Sol LeWitt

All of the significant art of today stems from Conceptual art. This includes the art of installation, political, feminist and socially directed art.

Sol LeWitt

Also, since art is a vehicle for the transmission of ideas through form, the reproduction of the form only reinforces the concept. It is the idea that is being reproduced. Anyone who understands the work of art owns it. We all own the Mona Lisa.

Sol LeWitt

Artists of many diverse types began using simple forms to their own ends.

Sol LeWitt

Artists teach critics what to think. Critics repeat what the artists teach them.

Sol LeWitt

Buying books was a way anyone could acquire a work of art for very little.

Sol LeWitt

Conceptual art became the liberating idea that gave the art of the next 40 years its real impetus.

Sol LeWitt

During the ’70s I was interested in words and meaning as a way of making art.

Sol LeWitt

Every generation renews itself in its own way; there’s always a reaction against whatever is standard.

Sol LeWitt

I became interested in making books, starting about 1965, when I did the Serial Project #1, deciding that I needed a small book to show how the work could be understood and how the system worked.

Sol LeWitt

I believe that the artist’s involvement in the capitalist structure is disadvantageous to the artist and forces him to produce objects in order to live.

Sol LeWitt

I didn’t want to save art – I respected the older artists too much to think art needed saving. But I knew it was finished, even though, at that time, I didn’t know what I would do.

Sol LeWitt

I was not interested in irony; I wanted to emphasize the primacy of the idea in making art.

Sol LeWitt

In my case, I used the elements of these simple forms – square, cube, line and color – to produce logical systems. Most of these systems were finite; that is, they were complete using all possible variations. This kept them simple.

Sol LeWitt

Just as the development of earth art and installation art stemmed from the idea of taking art out of the galleries, the basis of my involvement with public art is a continuation of wall drawings.

Sol LeWitt

Minimal art went nowhere.

Sol LeWitt

Minimalism wasn’t a real idea – it ended before it started.

Sol LeWitt

The artist is seen like a producer of commodities, like a factory that turns our refrigerators.

Sol LeWitt

The narrative of serial art works more like music than like literature.

Sol LeWitt

The other great development has been in photography, but that too was influenced by Conceptual art.

Sol LeWitt

The system is the work of art; the visual work of art is the proof of the System. The visual aspect can’t be understood without understanding the system. It isn’t what it looks like but what it is that is of basic importance.

Sol LeWitt

The thinking of John Cage derived from Duchamp and Dada. I was not interested in that.

Sol LeWitt

Unless you’re involved with thinking about what you’re doing, you end up doing the same thing over and over, and that becomes tedious and, in the end, defeating.

Sol LeWitt

When artists make art, they shouldn’t question whether it is permissible to do one thing or another.

Sol LeWitt

You shouldn’t be a prisoner of your own ideas.

Sol LeWitt

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