Wavy Brushstrokes Superimposed

After receiving his B.F.A. from Syracuse University in New York in 1949, LeWitt continued his studies at Cartoonists and Illustrators School, which is now known as The School of Visual Arts. In 1969-1970 he returned briefly to The School of Visual Arts to teach. In 1955-1956 LeWitt was the graphic artist for renowned architect I.M. Pei for the Roosevelt Field Shopping Center project in Long Island, New York. LeWitt was one of the key figures in the Conceptual Art movement that emerged in the 1960s. This movement rebelled against Abstract Expressionism by shifting the emphasis in art from the psychological content and spontaneous gestural style to a concept that declared the idea to be the most relevant aspect of the work. LeWitt has moved beyond his days of creating enormous sculptures from cubes that could be arranged in varying patterns. Today he remains interested in patterns and is recognized for his works of wavy arcs and squiggles seen in Wavy Brushstrokes Superimposed. The artist utilizes bold assertive colors as well as soft subtle colors in his creation of these recent drawings. A reference for these recent works by LeWitt may be a series of untitled paintings produced in the mid 1960s by Abstract artist Dan Christensen. Like LeWitt, he mastered the language of abstraction. However, he used spray guns and paint to create his works of wavy loops and lines. Another trait these two artists share is the ability to produce a body of work that remains varied and of superior quality.