SOL LEWITT is opening theatrically on May 7th at Film Forum in New York.
“Conceptual artists leap to conclusions logic cannot reach,” Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) said in a rare audio-interview from 1974. Notoriously camera-shy, Lewitt refused awards and rarely granted interviews, yet in Chris Teerink’s sensitive cinematic portrait, the pioneering conceptual American artist comes alive.
LeWitt’s artwork can be seen as obsession pushed to the limit of paradox and absurdity: simple ideas, communicated simply—often with a set of instructions sent by fax—lead to overwhelming visual and intellectual complexity. For example, to create Wall drawing #801: Spiral, a white line spirals down the black wall of a cupola 3.2 miles long. The film documents the piece’s 2011 installation in Maastricht, the Netherlands, which takes eight assistants 30 days to complete. When the painstaking work is done and the scaffolding taken away, the result is the transformative.
Using extensive interviews and documentation of artwork installed around the world, in the acclaimed documentary Sol LeWitt, director Chris Teerink explores the artist’s work and philosophy.
"As this documentary progresses, one is drawn deeper and deeper into the artwork." —CJP Film
Prix du Meilleur Portrait, 31st FIFA, Montréal (International Festival of Films on Art) ArtFIFA in Montreal
Best Documentary, FILAF d'OR, Festival International du Livre sur Art et du Film, Perpignan, France 2013
Haifa International Film Festival 2013
Vancouver International Film Festival 2013
Institute for Contempary Art, London 2013
Artecinema, Napels 2013
"Lewitt helped establish Conceptualism and Minimalism as dominant movements of the postwar era. [His] deceptively simple geometric sculptures and drawings and ecstatically colored and jazzy wall paintings established him as a lodestar of modern American art." —The New York Times