Oh man, my freshman year sculptural studies professor is so sad right now. You can read the NYT obituary here.
LeWitt is one of those artists who you first learn about in middle or high school and think “WTF. He just writes something down and sells it and other people actually make it? WTF.” And then later, when you’re in art school, and finally get modern art, you’re like, “Wow. He just writes something down and sells it and other people actually make it? What a genius!” OK, well, maybe that’s just me.
But really, he was a giant, and will be missed, because where would the art world be without:
Wall Drawing #65 : Lines not short, not straight, crossing and touching, drawn at random using four colors, uniformly dispersed with maximum density, covering the entire surface of the wall., 1971.
(note: I have a feeling the above sounds sarcastic, but it’s not. Or if it is, then only in a loving way. But I really do actually like his work. )