Response to “Sentences on Conceptual Art” by Sol Lewitt

“Sentences on Conceptual Art” was written in the late 1960’s but much of what these sentences contain remains true in the art world today. Artist are encouraged to make new advances in art, creating things that haven’t been done before, while still understanding the importance of art from the past. This reading discussed the importance of going with an idea instead of starting over. This is very true today. Artists generate several ideas before ultimately achieving a final product but it’s important that they don’t start over on a project or dwell on the what the final piece should be because they compromise the potential that their art could have had. It is true that problems need to be worked out in order for good artwork to result. Testing ideas before beginning a work of art is extremely important especially today with the many technological advancements that can contribute to art. The article discusses the importance of consulting with other artists and the perceptions they might have about your art and vice versa. This is relevant today. For example, we are taught at the college level to discuss our pier’s work during critique. Sometimes we understand others work better than our own. It is essential in art to challenge our perception on art and we do this by consulting with or viewing the artwork of others.

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